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Freelancing is the best especially when you have enough clients for the month. I mean you get this feeling like you’re complete but what happens when you do not meet your monthly requirements and things start to get slow? In today’s Article I will go over why taking on smaller freelancing projects can be better then taking on just large scale projects.
“Hi there YOURNAME. My name is Bruce and I checked out your portfolio and am very interested and working with you. I have a budget of $X,XXX and would love to get something going. Please let me know when you’re available to talk so I can discuss more to you about this project.”
Receiving an email like so from a client can be very heart jumping and exciting. When freelancing comes to mind this is what we all dream of when first starting off or when we’re looking for work. If you’ve freelanced before and have taken on a large or decent size jobs like so then you know that there is a up side to it and a downside. The upside to taking on larger projects is you’re getting paid a very good amount for a website rather then chump change. The downside of taking on large or decent size jobs are the amount of work you have to do when working on the site and not mention the amount of time it takes to complete it. It would be great if you could design, code and add some cool functionality to a website in just a day but in most cases you can not(Not Talking about templates).
Too Good For The Small Projects
I have visited many freelancer portfolios and I must say most of their staring prices are $1,000 and up. That is a cool price for some people but what about others? You’re letting everybody know that you will not touch anything under 1k. I understand the fact that some clients can be frustrating or ask for too much but saying you will only take a certain amount is harsh. As a freelancer I look at people situations and I know not everyone can afford a $4,000 website so I try my best to work a deal with them. When I say make a deal I do not mean do a complete website for nothing but do it depending on your situation. For example I am 18 years old and I do not have a family and I LOVE to code and design so if someone comes to me and ask, I have x amount of money to spend can you make me a website? I would respond to that depending on my current situation. Maybe I need money for hosting or money to renew my domain so why not?
Smaller Projects = FATTER pockets
Smaller projects seem to be the victim when freelancing for a client. No one wants to work on a website or create something for nothing. Well that is false. I’ve been freelancing for 2.5 years now and most of my work comes from clients who has a “small budget” and I must say that my pockets have gotten bigger over the last year. How? Well I will tell you how. See when taking on a small project many people under estimate what it can do for you. For example a client came to me so I could create a banner for his website. I knew it would only take me a hour or so I charged him a low rate. I finished that and the client returned multiple times with bigger things for me to do.
So just remember the next time you take on a large scale websites not to forget the potential of a small scale website. As a freelancer never be too good to take on anything, and remember do not work for others, work for yourself! In other words do not charge an amount because others are charging that amount. Charge an amount that will make you happy.
Why didn’t you go into details with this article? I did not go into details with this article because Webdevtuts is launching a premium area where I will tell you guys a bit more then the average. As a freelancers of 2.5 years I have a lot to share and a ton of proof to back it up so stick around and if you’re a true Webdevtuts subscriber then you know that everything posted on this site is up to par. Thank you all for reading this article. Great announcements coming very soon.