As a Millennial, the prospect of working from anywhere makes us excited. Deciding to do remote work allows us to better follow what we are really passionate about in life. The time flexibility supports our hunger to give significance. It may be volunteering for a cause, business, traveling or all of the above!
With the growing Filipino Freelancing Trend, everyone can jump the bandwagon.
But then, the road to the digital nomad lifestyle is certainly not easy. Everyone makes mistakes. And these are 5 Common Mistakes Millennials Make in Freelancing.
Waiting for the Perfect Portfolio
Sometimes, we are perfectionists. We wait for stars to align before we act. We want to gather our best collection. We want everything to be flawless. We want to be 100% ready. This is understandable, but is anyone really 100% ready?
If opportunity strikes, we should go for it. Or at the very least, try to. With what you currently have, you might be surprised. Some employers may find it sufficient for the position. If you don’t have anything to show, try asking if you can give a demo or sample work.
The worst thing is not getting accepted. And that’s okay. It’s better than having the opportunity missed because you think you are not good enough.
Too Choosy on Projects
We talked about being passionate. And having an impact in the world. So you only choose projects ideal for your “grand scheme of things”. And then, you ask yourself why you don’t have any work lined up. (You have to earn money to at least survive!)
When starting, being really choosy on projects may cost you a lot. You can start with small projects (although not exactly ideal) that are relevant to your goals. You’ll never know. These less-than-ideal projects might be your gateway to bigger projects.
As Steve Jobs said, “we can only connect the dots looking backward”. This temporary “dot” might be one of the pivots that will lead you to success. Or, at the very least, pay the bills. (You can’t connect the dots if you’re dying of hunger right?)
Taking More Projects You Can Handle
It’s a different story when you are flooded with offers. You want flexibility right? But how can you be flexible when you are stretched to the maximum? Why do you feel that your work-life balance is out of whack?
Remember, you did this for your passion. You are now capable of supporting yourself while in the pursuit of that passion.
Now is the time to cherry-pick your projects. You can afford to reject projects like a Boss. It may not be all about the money anymore. You are living the dream!
Nurturing Connections and Communities
With a few exceptions, humans are social beings. We thrive better in a community. And nurturing your relationship with your past clients and co-workers can be beneficial.
Firstly, you get client referrals from them if their friends need your services. Secondly, you might get lifelong friends in the process. The most daunting concern of remote workers is the feeling of being alone and lonely. I mean, you literally just face your laptop every day. These close connections, albeit some being purely online, can help us battle loneliness and depression.
Also, there might be digital nomad communities in the area you are in. It’s not going to hurt if you socialize with them. These may mean more potential referrals, or just genuinely getting new friends in the process.
Savings and Setbacks
You will never know when emergencies might come. With the influx of money, we can blow up our finances quickly especially when “digital nomad-ing” abroad. It is fine when the income is there. But then, what if a major client switches to another freelancer? Or what if some of the clients fail to pay?
With this, we should be responsible with our finances. We should follow these 5 easy steps to handle your finances. Also, there might be a problem in billing your clients. We should bill our worth in the market and not grossly underpay ourselves.
And lastly, it is best to put safeguards to get paid on time. It is hard to collect from some clients. With these safeguards, you may deter clients from abusing your kindness.
Of course, there might be other mistakes that you might make. But with these 5 common mistakes in mind, you are prepped-up for the freelancing world ahead.