Freelancing is a journey for each of us, and we learn and grow from the mistakes and errors we make on the job. Learning from our mistakes is a crucial step in the journey to success.
“While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior” — Henry C. Link, author, psychologist.
Take my experience, for instance. I do freelance work on the side, only seeking out projects when I need some extra cash. In one such instance, a client reached out to me for my help with a project.
I threw myself in – without doing any research. A few hours into the project, I realized I had severely underestimated the scope of work. If I were lucky, I’d make pennies per hour on that flat-rate job.
By not thinking of my freelance work as a career, I was frittering away my time and skills. If I was going to do this freelance thing, I should do it right.
The experience also made me wonder about what other freelancers did wrong when they were starting , so I interviewed various web designers and developers (who were super generous with their tips and insight) to get some much-needed career advice.
And, boy, did they deliver!