More from Deb Ng, who told us yesterday how to gain confidence in any freelance job.
What Freelancing Taught Me â€“ Part 2 Be Firm but Not Tough by Deb Ng
Did you ever see a person on television or even real life who was considered â€œtoughâ€ in business? She could pick up the phone and get what she wants, or have employees running at her beck and call, practically sniveling at her feet. I used to work for a woman like that. I admired her so much until I realized she wasnâ€™t tough, she was mean. People responded to her because she wasnâ€™t a nice person and they didnâ€™t want to be on the receiving end of her wrath.
As a freelancer I learned to get my way too, but not so my clients and colleagues are afraid of temper tantrums or hissy fits. I learned to be firm. I think a freelancer has to be firm enough to make sure sheâ€™s paid on time but not so tough her first paycheck is her last. A freelancer has to know the customer is (almost) always right, but not at the expense of her dignity. Iâ€™m thinking itâ€™s best to know how to catch flies with honey, because the other alternatives stink.
Freelancers should be firm when:
- Collecting a payment
- Not allowing another to take away oneâ€™s voice or sense of style
- Meeting a deadline
- Making a decision
And even though weâ€™re being firm and making sure we get a fair deal, we have to be nice. Because nice works better than mean. Nice ensures return clients and future clients. Be nice because people response better to nice. Be firm because you donâ€™t want to be a pushover. Be yourself because thereâ€™s no one better.
Are you firm or are you tough? What do you think is the difference in how people react?
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