1. NEVER STOP LEARNING
I always recommend this to all my friend. You should never stop learning. And it is really important for a freelancer to learn not only new things but also to improve his skills. More skills can get you more work which means more money. Learning new skills will open up the doors of more and more opportunities.
2. NEVER MAKE WEBSITES FOR FREE
I know it may sound funny. But many people do this to build up a good portfolio. Making websites for free kills your creativity and makes you complete the project as soon as possible. When making a website for free you will end up with something that you never expected. There are many reasons why this could happen. When making a website for free you will never do things too much carefully as compared to a paid project. And if you complete the free website you will end up with low quality work that you won’t even think of adding to your portfolio. So, i recommend not to build websites for free. I am not saying that you should never do it for non profits :).
3. MAKE A PORTFOLIO WEBSITE
Having a good portfolio website will increase the chances of you getting more and more new projects. Because you have something to show. I always recommend people to make portfolio websites that looks awesome and includes the use of almost every skill they have. So that you are able to show off.
4. START BLOGGING
I recommend that you start a Blog if you don’t have one previously. Owning a blog can earn you some money. But the main reason why i am asking you to start a blog if you don’t have one is that it can get you more and more clients. Also it helps you to practice your skills, experiment with your skills or try something new. By owning a blog you get one more way to show off your skills.
5. ALWAYS MAKE AWESOME AND UNIQUE WEBSITES
This is important that you make awesome websites that you can show off in your portfolio. And making awesome websites will act like a magnet and will also attract a lot of clients. I know it is really difficult to make awesome and unique websites and takes a lot of time. But the more unique and awesome looking websites you have the more clients you will attract. It will also improve your portfolio website showcase. Following this will attract a lots and lots of high paying clients. To make unique and awesome websites always follow the new trends like flat design. You can also include some advanced techniques like parallax scrolling.
Making an awesome and unique website not only means designing it. It also includes development. As a web developer you can make websites more awesome by adding tight security to the websites and making it impossible for hackers to hack it.
6. ALWAYS SATISFY YOUR CLIENTS
Always provide your clients with a solution they are satisfied with. That’s what all clients expect when they pay to get solutions from advertising agencies in Fort Collins, CO. Client satisfaction means a lot. A satisfied client will recommend you to people whenever he gets a chance but an unsatisfied client won’t. The more satisfied clients you have the more will grow your reputation and popularity and the more you will get new work.
7. LEARN TO MANAGE YOUR TIME
8. FILL UP YOUR TOOLBOX WITH THE REQUIRED TOOLS
By saying filling up your toolbox i mean filling up your computer with the required softwares. By software i don’t mean paid and commercial softwares. As you are just starting up you need to use tools which are either free or the ones you have actually paid for. Once you start your carrier as a freelance web designer/developer you cannot use the tools downloaded from the torrent sites and all other websites. Its the time to either use free tools or pay for the commercial tools if you like them. Freeware tools do not mean that they are waste just because they are free. For example, GIMP is a free alternative of Photoshop. GIMP lacks some functionality that Photoshop includes but it is not a waste. GIMP is a really amazing software you must try.
9. MAKE RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER FREELANCERS
It is a really good idea to build up new relationships with other freelancers. This can help you get more projects in many ways.
For Example, A freelance web designer you know gets a new project on developing a wordpress theme and he is not good at it. But he knows that you are good at developing wordpress themes will give the project. And when you get a project that you are not capable of doing you can give it to the other freelancers you know.
Before taking a new project you should consider these things:
10. DO YOU HAVE SKILLS REQUIRED FOR THE PROJECT?
This is the most important thing to consider before taking a new project. Before taking a new project check out the skills needed to complete the project. Never take a project unless you are good at doing the task.
For example, if you find a new project titled ‘SEO Expert Needed’ then you should only apply for it if you have the skills needed and are good at it.
11. DO YOU HAVE THE TIME REQUIRED?
Always ask yourself this question before taking a new project. This is the second most important thing to consider. If you have the required skills for a project but don’t have the time needed to complete it consider not to apply for it.
I simply mean you should check if you really have the time for completing the project. You should only take a new project if you have the required time.
For Example, If you find a new project requiring a PHP developer who can integrate Facebook oAuth login with a website. If you have the skills but don’t have the time. Never apply for new projects.
12. STATE ALL YOUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS TO THE CLIENTS
13. STATE ALL YOUR CHARGES
After completing a project:
14. ASK YOUR CLIENTS FOR FEEDBACK
When asking clients for feedback, I myself send them an email asking them to reply with their feedback.