5 characteristics of a successful freelancer

December 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm 2 comments

In this highly competitive world, its very difficult to become successful freelancer. It’s very important for a freelancer to earn and maintain a very good reputation. Reputation cannot be built overnight but it can definitely be spoilt overnight. Apart from completing client’s work in time and delivering excellent work, there are few other traits that a successful freelancer demonstrates. We look at the top 5 of them here.

1. Flexibility

All the clients are in hurry and most of the times they want to get things done with impractical timelines. Sometimes clients will contact you with some urgent work and will expect you to help. Being effective, flexible and responsive during these times will impress your clients a lot. Of course, one cannot foresee these urgent work but then being flexible means being able to accommodate and complete such tasks.

2. Honesty

Sometimes freelancers are so desperate to get work that they accept whatever the clients say or over commit so that client is impressed. If you cannot handle the project or the timelines doesn’t look practical to you, just be honest and tell them the truth. Most of the times, clients will appreciate that.

3. Networking

Networking is freelancer’s primary marketing tool. People who are connected to you in the various networking sites will definitely spread a word about you and your work. Make sure you join appropriate groups on these sites so that you are updated on various developments and requirements that others might have.

4. Research & Development

Technology is one field where things change at a very rapid pace and if you don’t update yourself, you’ll be outdated and maybe extinct. Its very important for a freelancer to be ahead of the curve and learn new technology as they come out. It is always good to investing some time for R&D to expand current skills and learn new ones.

5. Growth

Being a freelancer means limited or almost no growth if you cannot think out of the box. A person has only 24 hours a day and therefore a freelancer will not see any growth if he cannot think of ways to get more things done with the limited time. Finding new clients with interesting work is very difficult. You’ll need to delegate work to someone else and get things done in order to see growth every year.


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  • 1. karthik  |  February 1, 2010 at 9:07 am

    good one

  • 2. Wakjob  |  October 30, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Slumdogs suck at software and IT.

    You people are delusional.

    Companies ruined or almost ruined by India, Inc:

    Adaptec – Indian CEO Subramanian Sundaresh fired.
    AIG (signed outsourcing deal in 2007 in Europe with Accenture Indian frauds, collapsed in 2009)
    AirBus (Qantas plane plunged 650 feet injuring passengers when its computer system written by India disengaged the auto-pilot).
    Apple R&D CLOSED in India in 2006
    Bell Labs (Arun Netravalli took over, closed, turned into a shopping mall)
    Boeing Dreamliner ES software (written by HCL, banned by FAA)
    Caymas – Startup run by Indian CEO, French director of dev, Chinese tech lead. Closed after 5 years of sucking VC out of America.
    ComAir crew system run by 100% Indian IT workers caused the 12/25/05 U.S. airport shutdown when they used a short int instead of a long int
    Dell – call center (closed in India because Premji’s conmen don’t even know how to use telephones, let alone computers)
    Delta call centers (closed in India because Premji’s conmen don’t even know how to use telephones, let alone computers)
    Fannie Mae- Hired large numbers of Indians, had to be bailed out. Indian logic bomb creator found guilty.
    GM – Was booming in 2006, signed $300 million outsourcing deal with Wipro that same year, went bankrupt 3 years later
    HSBC ATMs (software taken over by Indians, failed in 2006)
    Intel Whitefield processor project (cancelled, Indian staff canned)
    Lehman (Spectramind software bought by Wipro, ruined, trashed by Indian programmers)
    Microsoft – Employs over 35,000 H-1Bs. Stock used to be $100. Today it’s lucky to be over $25. Not to mention that Vista thing.
    MIT Media Lab Asia (canceled)
    PeopleSoft (Taken over by Indians in 2000, collapsed).
    Qantas – See AirBus above
    Quark (Alukah Kamar CEO, fired, lost 60% of its customers to Adobe because Indian-written QuarkExpress 6 was a failure)
    Skype (Madhu Yarlagadda fired)
    State of Indiana $867 billion FAILED IBM project, IBM being sued
    State of Texas failed IBM project.
    Sun Micro (Taken over by Indian and Chinese workers in 2001, collapsed, has to be sold off to Oracle).
    United – call center (closed in India because Premji’s conmen don’t even know how to use telephones, let alone computers)
    Virgin Atlantic (software written in India caused cloud IT failure)
    World Bank (Indian fraudsters BANNED for 3 years because they stole data).

    I could post the whole list here but I don’t want to crash any servers.


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