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What’s Important to Web Professionals?



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What’s Important to Web Professionals?

  1. No percentage of project fees.
    When the marketplace charges a percentage of the project, the freelancer pulls clients away. Plus, when you charge $3K-20K per project, there’s no way you’re going to give up 10-40%.
  2. Not competing with millions.
    The big marketplaces offer free starter accounts which compromises quality and leads to bidding wars. No way to win unless you slash your rate.
  3. Personal support.
    The most common complaint was a lack of support, especially when a freelancer’s money was tied up or stolen from their accounts. When your livelihood is involved, support is important.
  4. No barriers between you and clients.
    Most marketplaces require clients to register before they can look through freelancers. This makes it hard for clients to find and hire you.
  5. Open communication with your clients.
    Once you have a client, every other marketplace requires you to communicate solely on their platform. Do you think talking with your client would help? Not so fast unless you violate their terms.
  6. Focus on projects, not tasks.
    Professionals don’t do design and development errands. They prefer working on projects from beginning to end. No work is worse than earning pennies for performing trivial tasks.

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overcast

I have to agree on the part where you said, doing small errands. It's so true that there are professionals who are earning small amount. And that has affected their careers. So on that point. I'd say that one has to start with decent rate with every project. Small tasks would take one nowhere. And on that basis, I am working harder to land some decent projects. Hopefully it works out that way. I have yet to see good clients though. Due to penny projects, it's going to cost people a lot of time and money to get into professional freelancing.




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Judas2018

I think there's a way around not earning enough money from your talents or work. You should offer services in a bundle. Instead of offering just one thing, take that one service and make it part of a larger package. But also don't overprice the package. My biggest issue when it comes to being a web pro. is people who don't read directions or instructions prior to placing an order. You lay things out as clear as possible to them, but despite that upon placing an order their info is either wrong or incomplete. Then you have to contact them about it and wait for them to make edits before you can start working on their order. Also people who order services that don't match up with their needs. Like people who order some of my synopsis writing services when they just want a new mp3 of theirs promoted on twitter. I already have a slot for those orders, and if they were paying attention they'd have seen that.




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felabruno

I agree with all of those points! Especially the one about open communication. It is super important to talk often and to consult every little thing so that the professional knows exactly what to do and the client knows what to expect and can tell everything they want to get.




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overcast

Interesting point. From what I have seen so far. It's just good client that is what mattes the most. You can see that some of the time it's not going to be anything good. And we have to understand different point of view while doing stuff.




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augusta

Great assertions there, definitely those are what professionals should focus on, no tasks but projects.This is very true.Tasks would net pennies while projects bring the bulk of the money.So if one is a professional he or she should focus on big projects which I totally agree.There should always be a large communication line for both clients and professionals and of course, it would foster good business relationship.




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