7 tips for freelancers – how to work with the client

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7 tips for freelancers – how to work with the client

Freelancers shape the modern working world. Companies from a wide variety of industries rely on self-employed people for projects or long-term commitments. It is not for nothing that the number of self-employed people around the globe is rising continuously. 

Why are freelancers interesting for companies?

The outsourcing of tasks to freelancers is standard in many areas for companies of all sizes. By outsourcing some work, companies with freelancers can react flexibly to the order situation and current requirements. Working with freelancers can thus contribute to increasing competitiveness. 

As a freelancer, you create optimal conditions so that companies can benefit from your expertise and experience in the best possible way, and you can work yourself.

Am I adequately prepared?

In a new project, you want to make the best possible impression on the team or with clients. Use the time that is left until the start of the project to deal with the new client and the project again. Also, take a look at possible hierarchies and company structures. This preparation can make it much easier for you to get started and work with permanent employees. 

What exactly is required of me?

Think again about what is in your job description. If you need further information about your future work, please request it directly. This is how you prove your commitment and strengthen trust in your professionalism in advance.

Who do I work with?

You can contact the people with whom you will be working together in advance. This way, the ice can be broken quickly, and you can start the project right away without long rounds of introductions. 

Stay focused

It is tempting to be fully and holistically involved in a new project. However, it is better to stick to your tasks outlined for now. Those who are new to the team and put their feelers out into other areas can often offend the existing team members.

Don’t forget the regular customers

Even if you have switched to a new project, you should not forget your previous customers and regular customers as a freelancer. Keep in touch and ask regularly whether there are any new projects that might require your support.

Think about further acquisitions

As a freelancer, you cannot count on a regular and consistently high income like employees. Therefore, you should not stop with the acquisition even with a good order situation and a newly started project. Maintain your profiles in portals such as Xing or LinkedIn, expand your network, use portals for freelancers to search for new projects, and optimize your website, for example, in order to be found by potential new clients. 

Tip: If you do acquisitions without any acute pressure to generate new orders, you can appear much more self-confident and become more interesting for potential clients. 

Use project management tools 

In order to structure the cooperation with your client and to use your and his resources as well as possible, it is best to work with collaboration tools such as Slack, Trello, or other programs. In this way, clients have the opportunity to monitor the progress of work and the tasks that have been completed. At the same time, your work becomes more transparent and easier to understand for the customer. 

There are also special freelancer management tools that help with the distribution and control of tasks and facilitate billing and support. In this way, both sides benefit from maximum transparency and efficiency when working together.

Conclusion: Even when switching to a new project, always keep the next one in mind

As a freelancer, you enjoy great freedom in choosing a project. For the first time, every project that you can work on represents financial security. It is all the more important that you are well prepared for the new task. This means, for example, to find out more about the type of order and the client. 

However, it is no less important for the self-employed to plan ahead and carry out acquisitions, even with a good order situation and new projects, in order to be able to continue working seamlessly after a project has been completed. 

Ernest Walter

Author Since: February 9, 2021

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