Over the past 15 years, I’ve had a lot of experience outsourcing work to freelancers. Unfortunately, my experiences weren’t all great. In fact, many were appalling in the beginning. It took me a very long time to find freelancers I was willing to retain for long-term. Imagine what a steady stream of work from a small number of dedicated employers could do for your freelancer career – this is my vision for you.
Like most employers, I have a very particular criteria for what I want out of a freelancer. If an employee couldn’t communicate with me effectively, they were on the chopping block. Freelance hiring pools are very deep, and it’s hard to justify staying with somebody who gives me sub-par service when there are so many other options to explore.
Today, I’m going to discuss one of the most common communication problems that I encountered as a consultant. This is insider information from an experienced Canadian employer that can really help your freelancer career. Once you’re aware of this problem, you can take steps to address it, and distinguish yourself as a special resource worthy of premium pricing.
Crowding Your Plate and Failing to Communicate
When deadlines are missed and low-quality work gets turned in, one of the first things I assume is that my freelancers overcrowded their plate and were afraid to admit their mistake. It happens all the time; unsure of when their next paycheque will roll in, freelancers take on more projects than they’re able to handle, then leave their employers in the dark about it until it’s too late. It puts the business owner in a bad spot, and cripples freelance careers.
In one sense it’s hard to blame them for it – after all, that’s the nature of the industry we’re in. If you’ve been freelancing for awhile, you know that there isn’t a great sense of “job security” involved. You don’t have an annual salary or a steady, predictable income, and you’ll go long stretches where your bids are unsuccessful. It’s very stressful when you have no work coming in, and most people start to panic. Eventually, your luck will turn around, and job offers will start pouring in. What do you do? The switch from famine to feast is almost too much to handle; you’re so relieved that you commit to every offer that’s thrown your way. It’s a move you make out of necessity: you have bills to pay, and don’t know when the next dry spell will hit. Better to make all you can now and build a nest egg for the future, you think. But before long, you’ve completely overcrowded your plate.
This is where most freelancers make the wrong move. Rather than communicating effectively with their employer about their situation, they cut corners, ignore deadlines, and turn in work laden with mistakes. In the grand scheme of things, it decimates their bottom-line, and puts a low ceiling on their freelancer career. They’re still trying their best, but they’ve stretched themselves too thin to satisfy anyone. Nobody is impressed, so nobody retains their services for more work in the future. Rather than building a strong professional relationship and securing payment for months, they get fired and burn bridges. Instead of bonuses for a job well done, they get bad reviews and reduced payment.
Don’t be this kind of freelancer!
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Overcrowded plates have cost freelancers more than they know. Beyond the work, recommendations, and bonus money, this problem has also tarnished the reputation of the freelance industry. Some companies have completely sworn off outsourcing after being burned. You can be a part of the solution, or a part of the problem – it’s up to you.
If you follow the free lessons included in this curriculum, you will stand out as a special resource. By learning exactly what employers want, you can become the “diamond in the rough” that people are willing to pay a premium for.
Bridging the Communication Gap Through Education
After nearly two decades of dedicated research and experimentation with the freelance market, I was able to identify why these communication problems persist. I describe these problems and outline solutions in my freelancer certification course, which is 100% free for anyone with an internet connection and an email address. Think of this course like the “answer key” that will take the guesswork out of your career.
I’ve designed this course in a way that’s sensitive to the very problem I’ve been having, presenting its lessons and troubleshooting tips in many different formats to eliminate the risk of miscommunications. Just enter your email address to get started, and you’ll have full access to video lectures, chapter quizzes, and complete textbook material that will earn you a Freelancer Certification that is currently recognized by many prominent employers – some will even require it before you’re considered. It will be a real asset as your freelancer career continues to progress.
The course is easy to digest and can be completed in just a few hours of work. It’s a worthwhile investment that costs you nothing more than your time and effort, and will pay you back in a big way.
This course is being offered 100% free – there are no hidden fees, no subscription, nothing; it exists only as a means to improve your freelancer career, build the market, and get you more jobs. This is a resource I wish I had when I was freelancing, and I highly recommend you check it out now!