In the freelancing arena, extensive communication between the freelancers and their employers is essential in order to generate quality work resulting in more transactions.
Truelancer provides freelancers with an excellent discussion platform after they have sent their proposals and before work officially commences. This is available at the proposal page as shown below
For a freelancer it is imperative to take this platform seriously and use it to his benefit to clarify his doubts about anything related to the work and the client’s specifications.
Certain etiquette and pointers should be kept in mind when participating in discussions.
Here are 5 correct ways to participate in Truelancer discussions.
Do not write too much
Just like people who talk a lot are seldom taken seriously, people who write a lot where they are not supposed to meet the same fate.
Writing and asking too much at once in your discussion space makes your text look congested and creates immediate irritation to the reader who will then decide to ignore what you have written entirely.
Be short and precise and maintain a word limit of 150 when writing here.
Don’t start pitching yourself
People who start writing about their capabilities at discussion forums have the least chance of getting any work.
What this does is that it creates an impression that you are desperate, lack experience and professionalism and probably too much pitching can mislead the employers towards believing that you are not who you speak.
It can undermine your talent and create a bad impression of you among others. This will harm your network and in the long-earn your earning and growth potential.
Never Share and request contact information
Doing this is unethical and can result in the cancellation of your membership on any freelancing platform.
You have to realise that you cannot use any platform which provides you with support and a chance to meet prospective employers, to your own eccentric interests. This sends a message to the platform that you’re not in adherence with the terms and conditions and are not a deserving candidate of the platform’s support.
No employer in the freelancing arena will agree to share contact until and unless you have a network with him and have finished two or three projects.
While on the website you have to keep the terms and conditions and the fact that the forum moves forward as you do.
Don’t be aggressive in your tone of writing
Improper way of writing can generate an impression of aggressiveness which breeds unprofessionalism, resulting in failure for you in the long-run.
Try to avoid direct addressing like “I would like to” or “You must give me the job”. Keep your tone polite and be to the point.
You should realise that your employer must be a busy person and getting off on the wrong terms will be a loss for you and your potential network.
Try to build a professional relation rather than just scramble for money.
Never start negotiating and quoting your price expectations
A discussion platform is open to all prospective freelancers i.e. it is public forum where people share and clarify doubts and queries.
Negotiating monetary terms on this portal will be disastrous for you and all other freelancers out there. What will happen is that once you start to negotiate, it will create a chain reaction where everyone starts to put forth their demands and then people try destructive pricing policies to mark up their portfolio. This seems logical in real and not virtual markets.
Price negotiations should only be made when your proposal is officially accepted and you have been chosen to work.
Otherwise, it only results in wide-spread confusion for you and others with nobody coming out a winner.
By providing you with the discussion platform, Truelancer allows you to come forward, communicate with prospective clients and establish a professional air about yourself and clarify your doubts about work-specifics.
So use it for the purpose it was built so that you can reap the maximum benefits.
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