Should You Take That Freelance Gig?
Believe it or not, there are certain projects that you probably shouldn't accept.
Turning down work is probably the hardest decision you will need to make when running your
business, but sometimes turning down a gig is necessary. In this article I will explain
to you the details that you need to consider when you aren't sure which route to take.
Consider the following:
1. Will I Learn From This Gig? - As a freelancer, especially one in a technical field,
you are expected always to be on top of new advances in your field. Therefore, taking
a gig that will help you learn about something is probably worth taking on. However, it is
important to make sure that you can do the job well even though it is new waters for you.
2. Is The Money Good? - If the gig pays a lot of money, taking the money without any
other benefits is probably a good idea. I am sure that you have an hourly rate, use this
rate as a gauge to decide whether to take a job or not.
3. Do You Trust The Client? - If a potential client gives you the heebie-jeebies then
your instincts are probably telling you something. Do the potential client's references
check out? If you mistrust a potential client, but the pay looks good, perform a
background check. An untrustworthy client could cheat you out of a lot of money, and
isn't worth the collection efforts.
4. Does The Project Fit With Your Moral Code? - If a potential client offers you a gig
that really disgusts you, you need to turn the job down. If you do take it, you are
definitely going to regret it. In addition, you won't be able to add this project to
your portfolio . it just isn't worth it.
5. Will This Gig Help Build Your Contact List? - If taking this gig gets you in good
with a few other contacts, then taking this job on is probably a good thing. Do your
best on this job and soon it will lead to new opportunities. A gig that helps your
networking efforts is very worthwhile.
6. Will This Job Lead to Widespread Exposure of My Services? - There are some gigs that
don't pay well, but that lead to wide exposure. For example, designing a website that
you feel is going to be big some day, or writing a column for a big website. Certain
gigs will lead to a great exposure of your talents and will lead to a new influx of clients.
7. Does This Job Interest You? - If you feel this job will bring you great joy and
excitement, take the job on.
Take a look at all of the above considerations. Ideally, a gig will encompass all seven
of these considerations, but in reality this rarely happens. If not even one or two of
these is true, turn down the job. Good Luck.
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