Guru's say communication is key

When it comes to freelancing, communication is key. Keeping open lines of communication will help you more thoroughly meet project expectations, meaning the employer will be more willing to rate you well and work with you in the future. Today we have some killer freelancing advice to share from Ria Romano of RPR Public Relations. RPR has been doing business on Guru since 2005! Read on for Ria’s tips…

1. Be Responsive

Whether you are a single freelancer just starting out, a two-person team or small company, be highly responsive to potential employer inquiries. If you miss a potential employer’s phone call and it goes to voice mail, be sure to call them back within 15 minutes. You’ll impress the potential employer with your responsiveness. Do not wait to call them back the next day.

2. Be Available

For best results, invest in a mobile device (iPhone, Blackberry, etc.), and sync it to your incoming business address email. Try to answer all potential employer messages within 30 minutes of receiving them. Within 15 minutes is even better. Most people nowadays have a mobile device, but if you’re a freelancer starting out and think it’s too expensive, think again. Your mobile device will pay for itself within the first month or two by making you accessible to your employers.

3. Hold a Flexible Schedule

If you’re serious about freelancing, forget all about the time zone you live in and realize you’re going to be working for employers in multiple time zones – especially using Guru, which provides inquiries from potential employers from all over the world. This doesn’t mean you give up sleeping; it just means you make every effort to check your email or voice mail at least once after 6 pm in the evening and first thing in the morning when you wake up (another reason a mobile device is important). Don’t wait to get to an office – you’re no longer on a 9 am to 5 pm schedule. You have to be flexible. If it’s late at night, email the potential employer back and let them know the soonest you’ll be available to discuss their needs. Many Guru employers express frustration when freelancers get back to them two days later – or not at all. Show them that you’re flexible and interested in their project.

4. Provide Regular Updates to your Employer

Once you’ve secured a new employer through Guru, continue being responsive in your communication. Email or call them with periodic updates (frequency depends on the length of your project – use your best judgment), even if the employer doesn’t request them. Improve your customer service, and you could have that new employer not just for one week, but for years to come.

5. Be Transparent

If there is a problem with the project you are working on, let the employer know as soon as possible! Keeping an open line of communication will usually keep problems from arising, but if a problem does come up, let the employer know and open up a channel of discussion. The most successful freelancers practice transparency.

6. Use Skype

Do not just rely on emails and phone calls. Your employers will feel better putting a face to a name, especially those employers who are located overseas.

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  1. Samreen M

    Yes, Anna we have to be pretty much cautious about these things as freelancer members are not supposed to follow just scheduled working hours. The propositions you have proposed are highly considerable and must be adopted.

  2. nasir

    Freelancing is now a days so common and great way to earn more. As there is opportunity to work with a larger community as compare to office job. Your tips in this regard are so suitable and useful. Thanks for sharing it Anna.


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