Once expectations are set, clients can detail these elements in a brief they then pass on to the freelancer. On the freelancer’s side, after talking with a prospective client, comes the time to ask themselves the right questions and decide if the mission is the right fit. Questions like:
- Do I have the right skills to carry out this mission?
Just as a company needs to be transparent, freelancers, too, need to be honest about their skills to avoid disappointment.
A successful collaboration calls for freelancers who are able to clearly state their positioning and offer, so that prospective clients can quickly identify what they do and whether they’re the right person for the job. - Louise Racine
- Am I interested in the mission’s content?
If a freelancer isn’t motivated by the task given, they might lose steam before the end.
The collaboration must be fulfilling and stimulating. It should provide learning opportunities and new topics to discover. - Marine Aubonnet
- Does the budget match my expectations?
Similarly, if the budget doesn’t align with a freelancer’s daily rate
, that is bound to create frustration.
Both sides have a responsibility. The freelancer must estimate as accurately as possible the time they’ll spend on the project to be comfortable quoting a price. The company also needs to be realistic and not look to drive prices down too low. That’s not a good long-term bet, and it carries the risk of comprising the quality of the work or the relationship. - Marine Aubonnet
- Can I allocate enough time for this mission?
Being well organized is key to managing your freelance activity. Knowing how to manage your daily work ensures you won’t find yourself overworked. Having the right tools at your disposal helps a lot, such as a time tracker, a project management tool, and a business account.
Freelancers work with several clients in parallel. Carefully managing the contract and accounting sides of their work is essential to keep track of their missions and invoicing. It doesn’t matter if it’s through Notion or Google Sheets, as long as it’s done squarely. This allows them to have a better idea of the bandwidth they have to take on new missions. - Cécile Haupt.
During this preparation phase, both sides should ask as many questions as they want. This lays the groundwork for a good collaboration, where each party is on the same page.