Friday, August 2, 2013

5 Detrimental Problems Freelancers Face and How to Get Over Them

Today we have a guest post with some great advice for freelancers.  Written by Paul Taylor of - please see his bio at the end of the article.

Being a freelancer isn't as glamorous as many may think. There are a lot of aspects that you constantly need to consider when you make the decision to be your own boss and work for clients. The way you conduct yourself as a freelance professional in any field will greatly impact your success. However, the problems you may face can be overcome as long as you are diversified and tenacious about being successful.

1. Motivation - There will undoubtedly be days were your motivation to work on a task just doesn't exist. You may also have a problem with procrastinating tasks that you could do tomorrow so you can have fun today. This lack of motivation can be harmful to the amount of money you make per week and it may be difficult to get your bills paid.

The Fix: Every morning you wake up, realize that you have the potential to make a great amount of money. Try not to focus on what bills need to be paid in the near future, but focus on making the most money you can in the time you have.

2. Distractions - A variety of distractions can deter you from completing a client's task. As you are paid per job, any distraction that happens can delay your completion of such project. You could easily find yourself taking more than four hours to complete a job that should have taken you less than 30 minutes.

The Fix: Eliminate your distractions. Find a secluded place to work away from your family and friends while you are working on a project. If your computer is your main tool for working and you have easy to access games on it, maybe you should consider one of the following:
  • Uninstalling those games
  • Setting up an account on your computer for working that has those shortcuts removed
  • Setting up a separate computer to work on that is void of such games

3. Desk Diversions - For many people, a cluttered desk could impose a cluttered mind. This is the belief that your work area can affect your productivity if it's a mess. Some of us may tend to have our attention diverted to various materials on our desks instead of focusing on the workload.

The Fix: Try to keep your desk as tidy as possible. While it may be close to impossible for you to maintain a clean desk, it can go a long way to making you feel more professional and productive.

4. Lack of Work - There may be times where the workload may seem quite low and it could be difficult to make enough money to pay the bills. Although you may be a talented individual at your specific niche, work isn't always guaranteed.

The Fix: Diversify. The Internet gives you access to a variety of websites that need professionals in a wide range of fields. Develop other skills to make you more marketable. It may not hurt to market yourself on blogs, websites, social media, and other avenues that could help you score a client. You need to be tenacious in your success and be productive each day whether it is a job for a client or promoting yourself.

5. Attitude - Some freelancers out there believe that they are the best there is at what they do. Sometimes, this attitude can come off as conceited and could turn clients away. As the Internet is full of professionals like yourself, there are many people the client can choose from.

The Fix: Treat each client like gold and give them exactly what they want. Even if the project makes no sense, it's the client's money to invest. Do the best job you can and as close to the project's specifications as possible. If you lose a client, you lose your income.

In some ways, being a freelancer is more difficult than attending a full-time job. Your pay is based on your skills and productivity and not the clock. If you're not paying attention to your job, you could make less money than you would if you were employed for eight hours per day. Make the most of your time and don't let a lack of effort on your part keep you from reaching your goals.

 Author Bio:
Paul Taylor, his wife Julie and their daughter Ashley
Paul and his wife Julie both spend quite a bit of time coming up with ideas, blogging, and researching all things related to childcare. They take care of all the necessary information related to “”. He personally thinks his blog will help finding information on all things related to a babysitter.

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