What is R.O.A.R.?
I have discovered there are many so called freelancers that are giving the freelance business a bad name. Some work for peanuts which gives clients the impression that we are all cheap labor. Some do not meet deadlines which can really piss off clients. Some perform terrible work that makes clients nervous about contracting any other freelancers.
I could find other negatives, but this post was not meant to be negative.
Freelancing is a business, and as other businesses, there are good and bad.
Today I am going to explain the R.O.A.R. principle of freelancing. If we are R.O.A.R.ing freelancers, we can have success. Are you a R.O.A.R. freelancer?
When you commit to doing a freelance job, you agree to be responsible on many different levels. You need to ask questions to guarantee you understand completely the makeup of the job. You need to follow the deadline rule and get it done before the due date. You need to use the tools available to you to do the best. The responsible freelancer gives 200% and delivers quality and quantity.
This is an area many freelancers fail in. Organization consists of keeping all files in proper places so you are not fumbling when it is time to work, or deliver them. It also includes keeping your finances in order. Time management also falls into this category. You need to know when to work and when to play. Remembering that freelancing is your business and not just a job is one of the keys to knowing how important being organized is.
Read this great blog post.
Many of you may be asking what Greg means by this. Are you buying the coffee?
So many freelancers are trying to copy others. Why??
Just be yourself. Be REAL!
When the client contracted you, they looked at you as a real person. They would have hired someone else if they wanted someone else.
Be yourself because the client paid for you. As a matter of fact, it was you that sold the client on you; you didn’t sell the client an impression of Mark Twain or Steven King. Just be you and
HAVE FUN FREELANCING!