Most freelancers admit that there is a thrill that comes with getting a notification that you are being considered for an assignment. Sometimes, the pressure to perform, coupled with many other challenges, can make even the most experienced freelancer mess up. Whether you are starting out as a freelancer or you are continually seeking ways to improve yourself, there are some mistakes you should avoid by all means. They include the following.
Not Discussing Expectations
When you are getting an assignment, chances are that the person who is hiring you will just tell you that they want nice photos. In their layman terms, they may not be able to explain to you precisely what they mean. That is why you should go the extra mile and ask them to elaborate on what the function, event, or shoot is all about. It is after the in-depth discussion that you will begin to understand the brief better and visualize the kind of photos to take.
Having Only One set of Equipment
Always expect the unexpected. Imagine how horrifying it would be if your camera fell and broke during an event you have been hired to do, yet you have no spare. Even though you do not have the luxury to buy many sets of equipment when you are a beginner freelancer, you can access loans and invest in proper equipment. The good news is that if you are hardworking and determined, you will start reaping benefits soon enough. All you need is to start working on getting as many assignments as you can take.
Ignoring the Money Talk
You should never make the mistake of glossing over the talk about payment. It is among the number one causes of conflict between freelancers and people who hire them. Have a written contract that breaks everything down, including exactly how much you will be paid. You should factor in post-production so that you do not present the person who hired you with a new bill and spark debate. When you set things clear from the onset, you reduce the chances of having a disappointed client who will never come back. You also reduce the risks of being shortchanged after you deliver the photos.
Not Insuring Equipment
Cameras and the equipment that come with it, such as lenses, are extremely expensive. As a freelancer, you sometimes have no control over where you will be, especially if you take up assignments out of town. This makes your camera vulnerable to getting lost. Ensure that you are insured so that in case of any loss, you do not have to start from scratch or wait for many months before you can buy another camera.
Being a One Man Show
Have at least a partner or someone you can reach out to when you need backup. It can be extremely difficult to cover some events such as weddings when you are alone. You need someone to help you capture different actions as they happen. Having someone you work closely with also makes it easier to delegate in case you have an emergency and cannot report to the assignment.