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Freelancer: 4 Deadly Projects You Should Reject

Submitted by on March 14, 2010 – 12:018 Comments

As freelancers, our next bread & butter is never certain. There may be a lot of projects on the plate right now but two weeks down the road, who knows what might change. Perhaps a potential client changes his mind and cancels a project. Perhaps a project got delayed or postponed. With so much uncertainty, it’s no wonder that sometimes we wonder if we should grab every project that come our way, or choose the ones we really want to work on.

In a previous post (Freelancer: Choosing The Right Projects), I’ve highlighted some important aspects to be looked into when choosing your projects. Some of you have emailed to ask, “Does that mean every project is worth considering?” Well, the answer is YES and NO. Of course every project that comes your way is worth considering because you wouldn’t want to miss any projects that will make a difference in your career life. But there are 4 deadly projects which I reject at all times, as follow:

Unethical/Illegal Projects. Once a while we come across clients who request us to do something unethical or illegal. For example, they take an established brand logo and ask you to trace it – change the brand name and colours. Or they pass you the hard copy of someone else’s brochure and ask you to re-construct the entire material into a PDF file (changing the logo to theirs). It’s illegal and everyone knows it. Even if they promised never to reveal that you did the work for them, NEVER accept such jobs. You might get into unwanted legal issues that would both ruin your reputation and cost you money. And the guilty that you have to carry through for keeping such a big secret would cost you sleepless nights.

Out of Your Scope. Some clients think we are superman. Just because we can change an Eurasian’s face to a Chinese face, or edit the audio of their video clip – they think we can do everything. Then they start to pass you projects that involve skills out of your scope. Do not take them on. If they insist, introduce someone else who can work on the project to service them. NEVER take it up on your own because if anything goes wrong, you would be blamed (again, this would affect your reputation). Even if nothing goes wrong, you would probably have a lot of headaches trying to get something done out of your capabilities. Better to be honest with what we can and cannot do, then being greedy to take everything on.

Totally S.I.L.L.Y. The definition of ‘silly’ here refers to clients who simply wouldn’t trust you to do the job. They keep insisting that gold letterings can stand out behind a yellow background, or the border around the page should simply be one inch thick even though the page size is only 3-inch by 3 -inch. To me, these clients are a waste of my time. Even if I pretend that they are right and get the job done, it would definitely be too embarrassing to even say I was the one behind the job. Silly projects give you big headache and lots of embarrassment. AVOID at all cost.

Rude Clients. Never in any circumstances should we take up projects where the client is totally rude – in the sense that you are just a machine that produces what he/she wants. Clients who disrespect your profession and behave hostile to you is the first sign that you should never take up their projects. Even if you don’t have a project and need the money, don’t take up projects from rude clients because its scar would be permanent. It would be bearable if they put you down, cusses at you or call you names behind close door. But rude clients are more likely to do the same outside the room. NEVER give them the chance to break you inside out. They won’t appreciate your work anyway.

Know your worth. And never take up any projects that would make you feel less of yourself. As freelancers, we have our dignity too. So never let a project rob you of that.

Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong © 2010

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