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Ten Things Not To Do As a Freelancer

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Zeeshan M Member Since: Apr 30, 2020
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Here are the 10 commandments that shalt be etched in stone:


  1.  Don't start your proposal with "Dude" and end with "No worries. I gotcha fam."
  2.  Makes sure the attachment of your sample writing is really a doc file and not mpeg- if you catch my drift.
  3.  Don't show up to interviews high and wasted.
  4. Don't upload a Lamborghini Aventador as your profile pic.
  5. Make sure your profile pic is not from Maui last summer shirtless with hook'em horns and beer keg.
  6. Stop ending your every chat conversation with Big Ron signing out or Big Ron has left the building.
  7. Or for that matter stop calling yourself Big Ron or Big D Mike on your profile.
  8. Let's not put "I got 20 ounces. What else you need?" on your profile "skills". This is not Dark Web.
  9. Stop breaking your $3.00 gig into milestones of dimes. n00b mistake #131225687
    And finally,
  10. Whatever you do, never ever ever ever accept payment outside of Upwork with an email address and domain name....

    OF AOL

Trust me. I have at least broken a few of those.

Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Zeeshan M wrote:

Trust me. I have at least broken a few of those.

I think you may need to rethink freelancing.

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Zeeshan M Member Since: Apr 30, 2020
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Oh I am barely getting started. And you really should learn to laugh more - it would increase your longevity.

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Cat L Member Since: Dec 13, 2019
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bwahahahaah! That was great. I bet I could come up with a few more...


11) (A client asks if you know your subject well & how quick you are... NEVER respond withSmiley Happy

Well, BubbaLou here is quicker than a rabbit in heat, y'all hear? As fer knowin' my sh-t, I'm slicker than snail snot on doorknob iffn anyone needs that thar techNEEKal writin.


12) Just wear Depends to interviews - IYKWIM!



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Sarah C Member Since: May 12, 2019
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Which ones have you broken, exactly?

I'm curious to know how they worked out. 

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
6 of 6

Don't tell us which ones.

The mystery is more interesting.