In this world, no one is perfect. Each and every one is different in respect to their skills. And so we all make mistakes. It’s a part of life. Life is not possible without making mistakes. Mistakes not only bring out our weaknesses but also makes us stronger. So today here you will be reading some biggest freelance design mistakes.
These are some crucial mistakes every freelance designer should avoid. This will help you make your job easier and gain more success as a freelance designer.
The following 12 mistakes can have a big impact on your Freelancing career as these are some qualities your client wants from you.
- 1 1. No Planning
- 2 2. Not Communicating With Clients
- 3 3. Not Meeting the Requirements
- 4 4. Ignoring the Deadline
- 5 5. Not Taking a Break
- 6 6. Borrowing Designs
- 7 7. Too Many Fonts
- 8 8. Bad Color Combinations
- 9 9. Not Following the Trends
- 10 10. Ignoring Small Jobs and Payments
- 11 11. No Marketing
- 12 12. Not Being Confident
1. No Planning
Without planning all your work will become a mess and you will not be able to make your client happy.
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When you are having full information about the client’s needs, then it is better to write them on a paper and then work on it. This will prevent you from forgetting what is more important and you will also be keeping up with the client’s requirements. Always try to note the information on a paper and then work accordingly. This way you can work more on what’s important.
2. Not Communicating With Clients
Communication is an important aspect in freelancing. And when you are a freelance designer, then it is very important. Make sure you are in touch with your clients and inform them about the progress of your work.
This way your client will be updated of your work progress and if anything goes wrong, he can give you some extra time to finish your job.
Communication will not only help you complete your job effectively but it will also establish a good relationship with your client. And this is a plus point as later he can come back to you for the good job you did or even bring you more clients.
3. Not Meeting the Requirements
This is why I think planning is the first priority. When a client hires you he expects you to deliver the work the way he/she wanted. If you submit the work which does not meets the requirements, then you are on the wrong side of the tracks.
Whether you think the way the client wanted is right or wrong, you should do what the client needs. You can definitely propose some changes or you can even inform the client that I made some changes.
And this is also one of the reasons to why communication is necessary. You can inform the client beforehand about the changes you made.
To meet the requirements, many freelance designers follow this technique –
Make a list of the client’s requirements.
Think yourself about the changes you can make.
Propose the changes to the client.
If he does not accepts it, then stick to his requirements.
Always keep checking in between your work whether you are meeting the requirement.
If you follow these steps then it will become easy for you to meet the client’s requirements.
4. Ignoring the Deadline
A deadline is set because the client needs the work to be done before a particular date. And ignoring the deadline is one of the biggest mistakes.
Try to submit your work within the set deadline. If not then request your client for a new deadline. This will upset your client but it is better than not replying to the client after the deadline and submitting the work very late.
Deadline is something which if ignored can leave a bad impression.
5. Not Taking a Break
Do you continuously work on a project to complete it? Well this is a good point but you must take small breaks. Working continuously will lower down your concentration and you will not be able to work efficiently on your project.
Just take small naps when working instead of working for hours.
6. Borrowing Designs
This is a bad practice in Freelancing. Borrowing designs can become a nightmare when the client recognizes the work. Instead try creating your own unique designs.
This will also improve your skills as a designer and will also not ruin your reputation as a designer.
7. Too Many Fonts
Always stick to the K.I.S.S (Keep it simple stupid) principle. Too many fonts will not only make your work look messy but also amateurish.
Design like a professional and try to use less fonts and also simple fonts. Many graphic designers use these professional fonts.
8. Bad Color Combinations
Color combinations play a vital role in design. Simple colors work well but using bad color combinations can ruin your design.
9. Not Following the Trends
Always keep yourself updated with the latest trends and also latest events. Keep your software updated and never hesitate to try new trends.
10. Ignoring Small Jobs and Payments
Imagine a client approaches you but has a small budget. What will you do?
If you will ignore the job then it is bad. These small jobs will only make you better. Always think of these jobs as opportunities where you can learn new things and experiment something new which you cannot do with big clients.
These small paying jobs are really helpful and you should never ignore them.
11. No Marketing
Today there is a lot of competition. And the interest in freelancing has gradually increased. With such a big competition and no marketing, you will stay at the same place while others gain success.
Engage in marketing; discuss the current trends with other designers. Make your circle as big as you can. Try to help others instead of just getting help.
This way you will build your social media presence.
12. Not Being Confident
Confidence is the key to success.
Never be afraid that your client will not like your work. Also never fear to show your designs to other designers in communities. There will be people who will criticize you but this will help you overcome your mistakes.
The best place to overcome fear is Reddit. Submit your work in a design critiques subreddit. Many people will insult you and your design; they will also question your skills. This will definitely feel humiliating but this way you can accept criticism.
You will feel bad and low but you will also realize that this is making you much stronger and then in future you will never be afraid to sign big contracts with companies.
Over to You
So it is up to you. If you keep making these mistakes then your freelancing career will sink down like a boat. But if you avoid making these freelance design mistakes, then you will see the changes and become more successful. At last, one question which you all need to answer is,
Which mistakes made you realize that you are on the wrong side?