As a freelance designer who works hard, you probably pride yourself on the quality of your work. And with good cause. You know that your work is good. But, doing good work and having a professional business mindset are different things. To truly succeed as a freelance design professional, you actually need both. In this post, I'll explain the importance of having a professional business mindset. I'll also provide a 22-point checklist you can use as a guideline to find out whether you could improve on your professionalism. If you liked this post, you may also like 10 Principles of Successful Freelancers.
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Frequently when I hear or read of a freelance web designer having problems with a client, there is no contract in place. I don't think that's a coincidence. Contracts are very important for the freelancer. If you can't get a formal contract with a client, at least get your agreement in writing. An email recapping a telephone conversation you had can work. Why is getting your freelancing agreement in writing so important? Simply put, a written agreement or contract can solve a lot of common freelancing problems. Without a written agreement, the terms of your project can easily deteriorate into a debate about who said what. Trust me, you do not want that to happen. When it does, it isn't pretty. With a contract in place, you both have something to refer to during the course of the project. And, in a worst case scenario, you can use your written agreement to support your case in court. In this post, I'll identify six common problems that freelancers face and explain how having a written work agreement can help with each problem. If you liked this post, you'll probably also like 7 Keys to a Successful Design Project.
When you first set up an online store, you may be happy just to have all of the work to get the store up and running done. Maybe you think the work on your site is finished, and now it's time to shift to fulfilling orders and taking care of customer issues. It's not that simple. When your store is brand new, it's not time to stop working on your site. In a way, you're just getting started.