One thing about online freelancers. We can be as unconventional as we wish. The number of faux pas one can commit are endless. Seasoned freelancers likely have a story or two to tell about the risk of working in jammies. Here are six things that freelancers can do, but shouldn’t.
- Freelancers don’t always brush their hair before beginning work. I’ve had my work from home hair days. Imagine the surprise of your client when the Skype camera begins rolling. Trust me, no matter how cute you are that’s not cute.
- Working in the nude doesn’t work either. For the same reason as mentioned above. Seriously, put on some clothes, no one wants to see that. Remember the recent news pieces about Russians hacking American web cameras and spying on us in our homes? ‘Nuff said.
- Freelancers can work pretty much anywhere they want. However, setting your office up at the local bar. Bad idea. Taking in a few brewskies while working on client projects is just bad for business. Unless beer tasting is part of the job, this might be a not so sobering plan.
- Those of us who work from home can take our work into the Loo. You heard that right. Got a deadline, but the force within is calling you to the throne? Dragging that laptop to the porcelain watering hole is doable. Just don’t accidentally drown anything, or take any calls, skypes, or Facebook messenger. That my friend is an experience no one wants to have.
- Sleeping in is one perk. While you brick-and-mortar employees are waking up to prepare for the morning drive, most freelancers are hitting the snooze button. Though sleeping in is doable, working late into the night trying to make up for those snooze hours can be disheartening. It’s best to have balance.
- Socializing while working is another faux pas freelancers can engage in. Visitors are great, and social media is fun. Freelancers may do this, but eventually, that can catch up with you. It’s also not fair to bill clients for social time and distractions. I say ethics over “just because you can” on this one.
If you’ve been there done that, I’d love to hear about your experience. G-rated of course. Please feel free to share in the comments below. I’d love a few chuckles on your behalf. Know someone who freelances or is planning to? Be sure to share this fair warning post.