By now you’ve realized that being a freelance is not just to do the job that you love.
Not enough that you concentrate on your area of professional specialization: the tasks considered central, which you do well. You should also be able to perform many other tasks “complementary” to those who probably have not trained much.Capabilities are “hidden” because it never (or hardly ever) have had the opportunity to exercise them. You’ll soon realize that they are indispensable.
To survive as a freelancer, you must expose at least these 10 occult powers:
1. To own a business
This is perhaps the most shocking discovery when we started our freelance activity: apart from being a professional also you own a business, however small it may be. That makes you responsible for everything. It is not enough to do the job in which you supposed to be an expert. You must also take care receipts, sales, marketing, and many other aspects that we review below.
2. Accounting and tax expert
Many professionals hate to keep accounts, but it is absolutely inevitable. We must make estimates and budgets, issuing invoices, recording expenditures, store documents, make payment of taxes correctly and on time … we like it or not, is part of our work.
The alternative is to hire a professional to bring us accounts. It can be very helpful, and many people recommend it, both for convenience and for possible tax savings that we may escape us. But obviously, also costs money.
In any case, get used to the idea that it is impossible to completely escape the accounts. Even if you hire the services of an accountant, you will be responsible for providing the information.
3. The fraction collector
When a job is done as agreed, it is only fair also to cash as agreed. But some customers are slow to pay, and no choice but to keep track, keep in touch, stress, stress, stress …
To “collector of frac” is undoubtedly one of the most thankless tasks, but sometimes there is no other option, especially in times of crisis.
4. Responsible for human resources, motivating staff
As a freelance exercise touches you also responsible for human resources. You are your team and you have to keep you motivated at all times.
Also, you should be able to find a balance between your work life you and your personal life, something not always easy, especially when you work for yourself, and sometimes you do from your own home.
5. Project Manager
Maybe you’re a designer, a translator or a very good programmer. But that is not always enough when you have to face a long project, or when you have to work on several projects at once. A freelance must incorporate certain management skills for project estimating, planning deliveries and coordinate the implementation of different tasks.
6. Customer Management
When you work on your own you should take care also serve customers, who after all are those that let you proceed with the business. That means you can not devote 100% of your effort into designing, writing, programming, translation, etc. Please take the time to keep in touch, because communication is a key element for any freelance.
The challenge is to design a system that allows you to serve your customers, answering their questions, informing them of your progress, without consuming too much time, otherwise you could never finish projects on time.
Again, the key is a good organization.
Commercial work often becomes a real bone to freelance professionals. But the truth is that projects do not fall from heaven. On a roll, a satisfied customer can lead to another, and this to another. But if the situation is complicated, and there is a break-medium term thing always happens once-a professional freelance should be able to seek new opportunities.
In other words, is to sell projects. It is clear that there is trade in your “template.” Do not worry, no need to go from door to door. If you work with intelligence, social networks can take you to our customers need. And this brings us to the next point.
8. Social marketing expert
Social marketing has become a discipline with a high specific weight. Is to use social networks to promote your career and to find business opportunities. You can use Facebook, Twitter and lean on, of course, you should also take advantage of general professional networks like LinkedIn, and specific freelance as Freelancit.
9. To be blogger
The successful freelance tend to have a blog to share their experiences with the community and explain the solutions that have responded to different professional challenges. Maintaining this blog requires extra dedication, but is a formidable promotional tool: provides professional real prestige, based on their contribution to the community, and it is an excellent communication channel for finding new business opportunities.
10. Maintenance Technician
In one office there are many people responsible for everything to work. But when you work for yourself you can not count on the support of the systems department, nor do you have a cleaning service. You have to take care yourself that your workspace is kept clean and tidy, and that all facilities are ready: the table clean, the software properly installed and configured, updated antivirus, the printer with enough ink, the ADSL working …
Can you think of any other “hidden power” necessary to survive as a freelancer?