Starting a freelance business can be pretty rough
Just like starting a company, switching from a day job to the freelance world can be difficult and scary at the beginning. Plus, there’s an added problem: The fact that you’re on your own. While startups are the result of a collaboration between two or three partners, usually with different skills and responsibilities, as a freelancer, it’s just you and your computer. You’re the person in charge of accounting, sales, marketing, making coffee, and actually delivering projects to your clients.
As soon as you start working with your first clients, you’ll notice one thing: Companies tend to undervalue freelancers because they look at them from a position of power. An organization versus an individual. David vs Goliath. They don’t usually see it as a business-to-business relationship, and payments will look more like a salary to them, rather than a client-company relationship. This usually happens because companies don’t tend to understand the costs of being a freelancer. In their minds, being a freelancer is free, therefore all the money you make from them is pure profit.