by | May 6, 2019 | Working With Difficult Freelance Clients

Every successful freelancer has also, at some time, been a freelance failure.

I know, I know, you’re all like, “What? It’s not just me?”

Nope, it’s not just you. Believe it or not, even I have been the screwer upper of a thing or two.

It sucks, and as much as I would love to say “With the right preparation, it won’t happen to you,” that would be bananas.

It will happen to you, probably more than once. So, I’ve laid out some of the common ways that freelancers fail and I will walk you through what to do and how to move on.

Today, we will discuss What To Do If You Get Fired From Your Freelance Job

Freelance Failure #3: You get fired

The worst. Abask was fired from the very first contract it ever got. Why? Because I got pregnant.
It’s a long story, but the shortened version is this: I hired someone to manage our client’s social media while I was in the hospital giving birth. That person went on vacation without warning me and posted erratic, nonsensical stuff to my client’s Facebook page while she traveled. I got a phone call letting me know that we had failed as a company while I was in the recovery room with my newborn.

How to get over this failure?

  1. Learn from it. I hired a friend that I still believe was experienced enough. However, she didn’t take the job seriously, probably because she was a friend and not someone I had vetted seriously. I will not make this mistake again.
  2. Be humble and apologetic. I offered free services, I made sure the client knew how seriously I took the mishap and how much I appreciated their business. I wasn’t able to save that contract, but less than a year later, they hired me to manage several PR campaigns, their new website, several sales presentations, and a proposal review. We continue to work together today.
  3. Move on quickly. Don’t obsess. Assess, learn, move on.

You will have little failures in your quest to build a successful enterprise and that’s ok.

If I can offer one piece of advice about growing a business, it’s this: you can recover from a lot if you are well-liked or your work is exemplary. If you can’t guarantee the second, you’d better be sure about the first!

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