You all may know that Katy and I have been freelancing for the past few months, and it's been a real learning curve. Prior to this, I'd only had very structured jobs that come along with very structured wages, and so when I started to freelance I didn't really know what I should be asking for when it came to pricing, or what work somebody would pay me to do. As Katy and I have gone on with our freelancing experiment, we've learned a lot very quickly; but. most notably, we've learnt what our freelancing is worth; and so if you're looking to start freelancing, here's some things that I think are important to know.
Once you know your worth, find regular clients
Once you know your worth, find regular clients and make sure that they're paying you what you know that your work is worth is the long run. As soon as you have regular payments and long term clients, make sure that you drop yourself from PeoplePerHour and UpWork and other similar sites that will take a huge cut of your money, especially when you're starting out and your wages aren't that great anyway. Stick to a pricing plan that suits you, and make sure that your clients know what you will and won't do for extra cash in terms of their business; these boundaries will help you to make sure that you're earning what you think you should be for the work that you're putting in.
Argue the toss, but not for the sake of it
Don't argue for the sake of it, and don't always push for more money, but make sure that you stand your ground and do so if you know that the work is worth more than you're being offered. We had a client offer £150 for three months worth of social media work, and after calmly explaining our social media plans and why this wouldn't be a good amount of money for the work that we would be putting in, this was upped dramatically. Don't push your luck, but make sure you're not underselling yourself, I've found out the hard way that it sets a precedent for future work if you do.
Know what work you can and can't do
Don't try to fumble your way through work if you don't know how to do it - most people will be willing to help you to learn how to do it, or they'll be happy to pass the work off to someone else as you do some alternative work. It's better to learn to do a job, or miss out on £20, than completely fucking up a job and losing a long term contact. Work out your skills and don't lie about them, but it's worth being open to new ones - just make sure that the person you're working for knows that they're new.
There's a hundred and one things that I've learned within the last few months, but these are definitely my top ones when it comes to freelance social media managing and content outsourcing; it's been a learning curve, but I definitely feel as though I'm getting to know my worth, my skills, and I'm getting a lot braver.
Leave what you've learned whilst freelancing in the comments, you could just teach me an important thing or two!