Having worked as a freelance writer for quite a long time, I know how difficult it is to motivate yourself to work from home. On some days, you just don't feel like getting out of bed, changing out of the pajamas and getting work done. But it's actually very important to have a good work ethic if you want to retain your clients. Professionalism is key when it comes to freelancing.
1. Always be punctual
Freelance work is most often deadline-based. Missing too many deadlines will definitely create a bad impression on your client, and you'll have to say goodbye to getting any work from them in the future. You should also be punctual when it comes to attending meetings.
2. Don't be afraid to voice your opinions
If your client gives you vague instructions, make sure to ask the right questions to get an exact idea of what you have to do for them. It's best to be safe than sorry.
3. Don't hesitate to talk about the remuneration
Often times, young freelancers don't want to bring up the topic of money. But even if you are new in this industry, or the client is someone close to you, remember to ask them about the payment. Ask them politely, and always use invoices when making monetary transactions.
4. Create a routine
It's really quite difficult to get yourself to work while you're at home. You can create a fixed time window for work each day, but do give yourself some time off every week. Clearly communicate to your clients that just because you work from home, it does not mean that you are available 24/7.
5. Strive for perfection
While it is impossible to always get every detail right, you should still try to maintain integrity and give your best to everything you do, even if the client is being a douchebag. Your reputation depends on your work, so haphazardly doing things in the last minute will cost you more than just money.
Writer is the sub-editor of Next Step, and a senior at IBA-DU. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.