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The World Is Your Freelance Oyster



By Careers Desk



Friday, June 2, 2017.


Freelance work can often seem like the true path to freedom. It’s the best way to fit work around your life. You don’t have a boss to answer to, or a uniform to wear. It’s all down to you. Of course, that can also mean increased levels of responsibility. While you’re free from commitment, the bills don’t stop rolling in. And, there’s no one above you, taking care of clients and making sure the work keeps coming. Instead, you have to formulate price lists and find clients. In a lot of ways, this may not be as complicated as it seems. If you’re good at what you do, people will want to work with you. But, there are challenges, and in the early days, you won’t want to turn any business away. The broader reach your freelance capabilities have, the better. But, what do you need to consider when working with clients overseas?

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Language barriers can be daunting. After all, clear communication with clients is essential. How can you reach the agreements necessary when speaking different languages? The first thing to remember is that you don’t want to turn work away. Any job is worth taking, especially one from overseas. It’s a sure way to branch your pursuits in a new direction. All you need to do is find a way around the issue. The good news is, there are many translation services, like the one you’ll find if you click here, which can clear communication issues. Such services can translate between you, as well as translating documentation. There will be some extra cost, but it’s a step worth taking. You never know, you could get a lot of new business if you do well with this client.

Another thing worth considering is the time difference. Again, this may seem daunting. But, with a little pre-planning, there’s no reason why you can’t make it work. First, find out what the time difference is. Then, think of ways to work around it. If you have to arrange video conferences or anything like that, work out a time that’s reasonable for both of you. Your best bet is trying to reach your client during their day. If that means you’re up until late, then so be it. Bear this issue in mind when considering your deadline, too. You don’t want to miss it because you got confused about the difference!

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Depending on the service you offer, there may be some additional costs involved in overseas business. This is especially the case if you’re shipping a product. As soon as negotiations start, work out what these costs would be and let your client know about them. If you don’t take this step, you’ll either put yourself out of pocket or annoy your client with a sudden price increase. Again, it shouldn’t take long to calculate the costs. Include them on your invoice, and make sure everyone knows where they stand.



The World Is Your Freelance Oyster

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