Freelancers learn how to make money as they produce services and work for others.
There are many great things about being a freelancer and working for yourself, earning your own money. However, there are some drawbacks to this too.
One huge concern for new freelancers and established freelancers alike is being ripped off and taken advantage of.
Of course, this should never be an issue, but the disappointing thing is that it can and does happen. To help you avoid getting ripped off as a freelancer, here are some of the best ways to prevent this from happening to you.One huge concern for new freelancers and established freelancers alike is being ripped off and taken advantage of. #freelancing Click To Tweet
Make Sure You Have a Contract
One of the best ways to protect yourself as a freelancer is to make sure that you have a signed contract with your client. That way, you are protected should anything go wrong.
Worried that you cannot print contracts out and get them physically signed?
A great alternative is to send out an electronic contract and ask them to include an e signature on the relevant bits. Doing it this way makes life much easier.
Freelancing is doing jobs – usually over the internet, but it could be in person –
on a job-by-job basis.
According to Forbes, between 2005 and 2015, 94% of the 10 million jobs
created were either freelance or temporary gigs.
— 💥The Digital Marketing Guy💥 (@kevinsvips) July 21, 2021
Learn How to Trust Your Gut
If you meet a client (in person or virtually) and they don’t feel right in your gut, then there is a good reason for this.
Whilst those instincts and first impressions are not always correct, most of the time, they are. Actually, they are going to help you to make decisions and protect yourself as much as you can.
Don’t want to be ripped off as a freelancer? The important thing to remember is that you are in control.
So, do whatever you can to avoid getting ripped off and take care of your money and of your business too.The important thing to remember is that you are in control. #freelancing Click To Tweet
Get a Deposit so Freelancers Don’t Get Ripped Off
Following on from your gut feeling, if you are worried that there is a chance that your new client might not pay you when the time comes, then get a deposit. I do this with new clients I haven’t done work with in the past.
Sure, it might feel uncomfortable asking them for this, but they should know that it is just good business sense.
If they don’t pay their bill for invoicing, you know that you are covered, even if it is not the total amount.Sure, it might feel uncomfortable asking them for this, but they should know that it is just good business sense. #freelancing Click To Tweet
Set a Realistic Timescale for Work
Of course, you will want to impress your new client as a freelancer, but the important thing to remember is that you should always be realistic with your timescales.
If it is going to take you three weeks, tell them three weeks. Maybe even four. That way, when it takes less time, you are going to impress them.
If it takes longer, this can lead to payment disputes. It will never be good news for you or your business. Give yourself that extra time to be sure you can fulfill the workload.
Simply because the work takes time, and it can cause you much more work than you will want to do.
For example, if my freelancers can’t do the work in time I like it when they give me a warning. The worst thing to happen is to find out the work hasn’t been done.
As a result, I can rearrange my day in advance if I know I have to pick up the slack for a day. Life happens and we must give some slack but also run a business at the same time.The worst thing to happen is to find out the work hasn't been done. #freelancers Click To Tweet
Freelancers Learn How to Earn Quickly
Being ripped off shouldn’t be something you just get used to as a part of running a business. Even if it is more common than you may realize. It is essential to try your best to protect yourself.
However, make sure that you are not at risk of being ripped off and picking up the pieces afterward.
A Bonus Tip for Freelancers from Brandon:
Potential leads searching for you may not be able to view your contact info if they aren’t a connection (depending on your settings).
You can add your email to your banner to help them find your contact info more easily! pic.twitter.com/EbTu0Tsby0
— Brandon C (@TheContentEng) July 20, 2021
Have you ever been ripped off as a freelancer? It happened to me once where a client never paid me, luckily it was not for a lot of money. However, the lesson was worth the money in gold! That’s how freelancers learn the most – by experience!
I’d love to hear your freelancing experiences in the comments below.