Don't make these mistakes.learn from early on
Last Update: Dec 7, 2020
Partly this is going to be a little bit of a venting session adding in my personal experiance with clients. I would love to help prevent this happening to anyone who might be thinking of using WA as a business method with working on client projects.
I want to create this to help those who are starting out into the business world or who just needs that extra bit of information. You see I consider myself to be a pretty fair person all around. If someone can't make a payment I will move it to next month or find a way to break it down. I have always had a very big heart to those who are starting out or strulling because I came from a place where I lived in my car for months before I could even get work. I pulled myself from the pits of hell 5 years ago. In that time my whole life did a 180 due to determination and helping where I can. So when a client came to me with a pretty big project, a strict deadline and zero skills. I got a bit attached to the fact that she was where I have been. Naturally my personality is to help where I can and if I can't find someone who can. I will never change this about my personality because its who I am. Yes it bites me sometimes in the back. I did over three months work on her project but charged here a mere 10% of what I would usually charge with an option for her to pay off over time.
This past week my health declined drastically, I have been physically sick for two years. Of which some days I can not even get off of the bed never mind the fact I have not been able to eat. For two years the doctors don't have an answer to what has been going on. I am very open to my clients about my health conditions not to be a problem but to explain to them that my body doesn't function like a normal body. They are aware if I am sick and if I can't make them aware then I let them know once I can. I live in a new country where I barely know anyone or have anything to get assistance if need be. So when I help someone out I truly think they will appreciate it and I hope that they would be undertsnading.
However, I guess always wanting to see the good in others doesn't plan out that way. I would like for all those who decided to create a business where they work with clients to please take notice of what situations can look like. 2020 taught me that I should keep going forward no matter what the situation is. I had a dream and a vision back in 2016 to become great in what I do, always keep learning, growing and expanding. I have realised somethings need to change though. I have decided that perhaps the best is not to see the best in others but to rather become selective on the project taken on.
After speaking to my husband and my father about this situation I was given some great advise by them both. My husband said I should be more strict about getting payment in. My father said I should lay down a contract with each client. Things I have been reluctent to do due to this COVID as I do understand the situation.
Wanted to share this I hope this helps!