…locate to each project, making sure to factor ideation and strategic thinking time into your rates. TL;DR: Give yourself more time than you think you need. Additionally, watch out for scope creep from the client — if/when you get emails adding deliverables to your contract, be clear with the requesting individual about how much time/budget this will add to the project and extend the timeline.
As a freelancer, the onus is on you to communicate the value you bring to the table, and subsequently, the rates you charge for the value you deliver. Hired freelancer Alex Cone recommends being proactive (and strategic) about marketing yourself — by tweeting, blogging, hosting events, creating a strong portfolio, and generally putting yourself out there. Self promotion is key to freelance success (after all, you’ve got to believe your worth before anyone is going to pay you for it), and can facilitate great relationships. And make sure not to neglect your most important marketing strategy: your portfolio. Pro tip: Read Skillcrush’s comprehensive rundown of what to include in your digital portfolio.