The problem so many people have when they hire a freelancer is they get the roles a little bit muddled up and begin to treat the freelancer like ‘staff.’ Great if that is the agreement that you have and actually what you want – if not what just happened?
If you have hired a freelancer, you become their client. The number of times I have started working on a project only to see the lines of the freelance contract overstepped. As a solo businesswoman, people already like to see what they can get for free. Your time, your contacts, your soul…
Sometimes, I don’t mind too much – the little things. Other times, the entitlement some people show, is more like they have paid for you as a person not your services as a freelancer. When the waters get murky, it is time to leave.
There are very few things that I don’t appreciate, on the whole, I am relatively relaxed because I have seen so much shit. Here are a few:
- Lack of communication – either side this is not acceptable
- Passing off responsibility or not taking any – again, if you make a mistake own it.
- A Project Manager that can’t manage to actually manage anything – this is impossible to work with
- Rudeness – never a need
- Being treated as inferior – when in fact I’ve been hired for the skills I have that they didn’t
- Late Invoice payments – you booked the work, you knew it was going to be invoiced, set payment terms
There are a few other things, but those are my main bugbears. The relationship between freelancers can be one of
What isn’t cool is being a prick.