22 Habits of Successful Freelancers
Doing freelance work full-time can be a daunting experience at first; so it’s good to know a few things in the beginning.
From these helpful articles, you can read some habits from freelancers who have it working.
One of the most important: Always get at least 25% in advance
Clients almost never know what they need. For example most people want to have a website for all the wrong reasons. Because their competitor made a website, because they read on a magazine that they should have a website and a million of other wrong reasons. The same goes for other industries such as publishing, graphic design and marketing.
As a result they may decide at any time that they want something completely different, or even that they are not interested in your product at all. By having them pay some money they “can’t” cancel the project or ask you for major changes.
In conclusion: Don’t spend a single second on a project you haven’t received money for (of course that excludes demos and previews). If a client refuses to pay at least 25% in advance don’t even bother considering him a client. I take 30% in advance and most people I know take 35% so 25% should be the minimum for every professional that respects himself. Read 22 more tips like this.