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Three Things New Freelancers Should Know



Freelancing is simultaneously the most terrifying and the most amazing thing that any human being can do. (Or, in our case, any two. #gruesometwosome) It's scary, and overwhelming, and freeing, and immensely rewarding.


And there's a ton of stuff, when you're starting out, that people THINK you should know. Some of it is golden, and some of it... less so.


After just over a year of Syntactical fun, Lily and I have been doing a bit of reflecting. And we've consolidated that reflection into this post!


Let's cut through the noise, shall we? Nobody knows it all. And nobody really needs to.


But here are three things that all new freelancers should probably know, as they embark on this wild journey.


1. One good client is worth a thousand bad clients.


When you're scrambling to get started, it's pretty easy to say yes to everyone who comes along. But we've learned - from experience - that's a bad move.


Find clients you like working for. Clients who respect what you can do. Build positive, collaborative and lasting relationships with like-minded individuals. These will be the kinds of relationships that yield regular work.


And regular work that you enjoy?

That's the HOLY GRAIL of freelancing!



2. 95% of what people say you "HAVE TO DO" is subjective.


Hop onto insta on a bad day, and you'll positively terrify yourself.


There are a thousand different approaches to what y0u do, whatever your field happens to be. But just because something works for someone else, doesn't mean it'll work for you.


Create your own success story, rather than trying to walk in the footsteps of a story that was never made for you.


And remember: Unnecessary over-complication of your brand/your workload/your creative process is one of the biggest productivity killers of all.


3. Sh*t goes wrong ALL the time. It doesn't matter if you're 1 day, 1 year or 1 decade into your freelancing journey.


We all know that freelancing can be pretty up in the air, right? Work can dry up, clients can cause trouble, websites can crash and half-finished emails can get sent accidentally. None of that changes when you hit a certain experience level.


The best thing you can do is learn how to weather the storm. Hone your communication skills, manage disasters quickly and efficiently, and don't let small snags get to you.


Everyone is learning.

Every single day.



Love,

Cara x


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