Web Design Crimes You Should Never Make As Freelancer

I guess there are many newbie web designers, just like me, who aspire to become one among the top. To be successful as a freelance web designer, it is very important that you avoid some of the most commonly made mistakes. In this article, being a newbie web designer myself, I’ve just shared my knowledge about the mistakes committed by a freelancer while you may share your opinions about the same via comments.


1. Just Being Good At Design

It is very important that you be a jack of all trades as a freelancer. You’ll not be able to survive if you are just good at designing alone. You need to realize that there are plenty of freelancers out there. Apart from the knowledge you gain to work platform independent, to stand unique from the rest, it is important that you equip yourself with several other skills like time management, project management, etc… You need not be an expert at these skills, just a little knowledge about them should suffice.

2. Improper Pricing Of Design Services

One of the most commonly made mistakes by freelancers is to overvalued their budding design service. They set the prices by looking at the niche sites which are well established. So, it’s pretty  obvious that no one will choose your brand new web design service. Another common mistake is to work as a freelance for peanuts. They set very low prices or in other words, undervalue their design service just to engage themselves in a design contract which might back fire in few cases. Set your price neither too high nor too low for a fair chance of success as a freelancer.

3. Not Giving Your Clients What They Want

Apart from improper pricing, freelancers fail to give what the client actually wants. I’ve usually encountered this problem when designing blogger templates. I’ve seen few stunning hacks that work on WP blogs whereas on blogger, they don’t. So, you need to think twice before you engage yourself with a design contract.

Moreover, time is very precious for freelancers. So, don’t try to waste your time by working excessive to impress your client. For example, if your client asks for a logo, design only a logo.  Don’t overload yourself by working on a logo and a banner just to impress your client.

4. Monotonous Work

Most of the freelancers approach the method of working 24/7 which I feel shall lead to a complete burnout – both mentally and physically. It’s obvious that certain design projects need extra attention and time. However, when you don’t schedule your time of work, it becomes hectic and you get mentally tired which simply means that you’re not working to your full potential. So, you’ll probably end up with a bad design – not satisfying what the client actually wanted.

5. Lack Of Focus

Well, it becomes important that you focus on your design – the requirements posted by your client. Most of the freelancers pursue their design career from home or office which makes it difficult to concentrate on their design. So, make sure you work on an environment that lets your imagination run wild to pull out the best from you.

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A proper routine and a solid schedule with quality design service is very essential to become successful as a freelance web designer. Just keep in mind that, you’re a freelancer always – one who cannot afford to waste time. I would be happy to receive your suggestions and opinions, probably add more points to the above article, via comments.

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I'm Mukund, the founder of Everything About Blogging. I'm a freelance writer on topics related to Website Optimization (SEO), blogger customizations and making money online. I'm blogging since 2008 and I'm currently a guest blogger on Shoutmeloud & Blogging With Success.


COMMENTs ( 4 )

  1. Bhaveek says

    Low priced high quality service is what consumers look for. For freelancers it can be a guru mantra…

  2. Wasim Ismail says

    I think the main thing is pricing the project correctly, this will come with the full understating of the project. Take time out to fully understand the requirement, as if you price the project correctly, you will not lose focus, and be determined to the project. Many of the times, due to lack of understand, the freelancer will end up doing more work than originally planned, and this can result to most of the points above.

  3. rakesh says

    Very true mukund. I also faced such problem when i started my carrier as a freelancer. Quote less and give more must be the motto of any wanna be freelancer.