Freelancing is no longer conserved a ‘to be looked down upon’ profession. Hundreds of people have in surged into freelancing with confidence.
Anyhow, since most people work with freelancing projects online, there is a concern about how to bargain with customers when not dealing face to face.
Here I bring a few ethics one should adopt while dealing with others on the internet.
1.Never show that you are amateur:
Never approach a person in a manner of pleading. Be serious and professional and prefer to apply for a freelancing job only and only when a vacancy is outed for the same. Never apply for work without being sure about vacancies. This way you will be able to work at your terms and conditions and that too with self respect.
2. Your first discussion should never be on phone or video chat:
Make it a point that your first discussion should be via written chat and not voice. The reason is because that is when you will discuss the rates. Now what happens is that when on call, you will be answering the contractors questions in random. In this case you will not be able to bargain due to the fact that you won’t get time to think when asked a question. When conversing in written, you get a few seconds to think after every message from the contractor. And furthermore, you have the choice to edit your words before pressing enter.
3. Try to find some person who worked for the contractor before you:
Check the contractors profile and search for possible writers in his mutual contact list. Ask them about what they charged from him so that you could get an idea about what should be demanded from him.
4. Show him your best possible work, which is possibly published somewhere else:
Showing your contractor soft copies of your work will make him believe that you are an average writer. Show him samples that are published on the internet. This will give him an impression that you are not a newbie and hold some experience in the field. Furthermore, it will show that since there is someone else you are working for, you are not totally dependent on him.
1. Never quote your price first:
See, most freelancers don’t know their actual worth. Thus they will readily agree at lower rates. So don’t expose your rates in advance. Ask for their samples and then ask them the name of the person they worked for along with the rates. They may lie about the rates, so pull that figure down by bargaining on it.
2. Don’t appreciate his samples:
Always tell the freelancer that his samples are average or decent. Never say that they are excellent or their work is above average. This is the best policy of bargaining. Once the freelancer gets it in his mind that he is not being appreciated as much, he will automatically reduce his rates.
3. Tell him that other work at lower rates:
Tell the freelancer that the market rate for the quality of work he provides is less. Give him examples of others doing the same thing working at lesser rates. This will automatically make him reduce his rates.
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