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Freelancing/Consulting 101: Don’t send your CVs/Resumes yet until you…

What successful freelancers/consultants wish they’d known from the start?

Before you send over your CV or resume to that agency claiming they have a contract/project in your related field, ask who the client is, job responsibilities and location of the project to be performed.

After you gather enough information (most companies will come forward with this information some will not release the name of the company until you have sent them your CV), check out LinkedIn or similar professional social media and find an ex-employee or current employee and ask those serious questions about the work environment, management style and what is a day-to-day look like at your company/department?

They’re easy to get along with

After a while you’ll find that some jobs/clients are better than others. So you don’t feel desperate and you’re able to say “no I don’t need to take on this project, I can wait for something better to come along” and it usually does.

I hope you don’t feel daunted by this! I just learnt this stuff the hard way and I don’t want you to as well. You will make mistakes, but everyone does and the important thing is to learn from them.

Not every client is worth it!

Next time, I will cover contracts, legalese languages and what to look for with some examples. I will also cover USA [Employment at Will] and EU [Right to work] laws and which agencies or third parties you should avoid.

Beware, agencies already have a boiler-platter contract and may not be applicable to the jurisdiction where you currently reside and/or where the client is located at. We will get in some stuff you don’t supposed to know.

Anayansi Gamboa, “I am someone who influence my own development. I look for a company where I have the opportunity to pursue my interests across functions and geographies, and where a job title is not considered the final definition of who I am, but the starting point.”

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Dealing with Challenging Clients

1. The Creeping (Scope Creep) Client
The creeping attack is characterized by an initial agreement to implement a set of agreed upon features by a series of repeated requests for new functionality and additions that were never discussed.

2. The Low Ball Client
The single minded focus on the price of the project right from the beginning.

3. The Octopus Client
This is characterized by micromanagement. The many hands of the octopus reach in and try to control every aspect of the project, effectively overriding your judgements and experience.

4. Attack of Urgency Client
It is characterized by a series of blindingly fast requests that you are expected to deal with at a moments notice.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

5. Hands On Hands Off Client
This consists of the client doing or saying very little if anything at all. With no feedback to go by, good or bad, the freelancer is more less left to make best guess and hope it sticks.

6. Golden Peacock Client
This client essentially dazzle you with “you should be lucky to work for this client or company for this project ABC” so you work for next to nothing for the glory of working on the project in the first place.

7. The Extortionist Client
It is one that you don’t ever want to deal with. Essentially, this client uses money to control you and don’t pay services on time.

8. Crouching Tiger Client
Essentially the client baits the freelancer with the promise of future riches and success if they are willing to take a hit now and wait and give the client the sale of the century on this project.

9. The Dream Client
They are rare but they do exist. They pay on time, express appreciation for your work, treat you with respect and they have realistic expectations and timelines.

Source: appBuilderTV.com

Your comments and questions are valued and encouraged.
Anayansi Gamboa has an extensive background in clinical data management as well as experience with different EDC systems including Oracle InForm, InForm Architect, Central Designer, CIS, Clintrial, Medidata Rave, Central Coding, OpenClinica, Open Source and Oracle Clinical.

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