December 06, 2015
*Note: This writing is based on my experience, might be subjective.
I have been working full time and sometimes I got a freelance job, mostly from my friend. The clients are various, from personal project to a company’s project.
I remember my first freelance job is when I’m in a university. The client wanted me to build an animation to learn Arabic language. I used Macromedia Flash (yes, Flash, and yes, Macromedia. Man I’m old). I had a 4-person team to work on that job and we got 1M rupiah (around $100 at that time). So each person got 250K rupiah (around $25). Even though it’s small, I was really happy because I it’s my first project.
One other memorable freelance project is when I created a ticket management system with my friend (you can check her blog here). The client is an EO that will hold a famous group singer event in Bali. It’s quite fun and challenging because not only you have to build an app, you have to be in the event to set up the networking, testing the app and everything.
When you get a freelance project, you won’t be getting a good client everytime like in above stories. Sometimes you get an annoying client, that doesn’t explain details what they truly want (and blame you in the end), or you get a client when she/he delays the payment with various reason. Remember, your client is also a human, which mean they have a good and bad side.
Ok I think I got distracted and it’s time to create tips to work with your clients:
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