I met my first “client” a few months ago and offered to build him a static site for his barber shop.
He politely declined at our second meeting.
I learned a few things about freelancning.
- Wireframe/mock up 1st. I pretty much coded the whole thing then presented to him. I think that you should not do that when it comes to freelancing.
- I charged him too low. If you do that, they think that it is very easy to do what you do. So mind the price you are offering. If his business can generate 10000 bucks a month, don’t charge him 1000. He will think that you don’t have the skill.
- Don’t get too technical when telling people how you build your site. I am not even talking about real technical stuff, just SEO and SEM, I think that the client kind of “got lost”
- He has reasons to not to build a website. Not every business needs a website, especially a local business who does not depend on getting customers online.
- Underestimated how much time I need , in order to finish the site.
I felt quite down for a moment, but I went back to continue studying @ freecodecamp, and these few months I have learned a lot of stuff. Many people I have never met in real life gave me suggestions and path I should take and many of them were kind enough to “review” the path I am taking. And I have been spending times on solving algorithms and had make some really good progress. I thought the object oriented programming part of freecodecamp curriculum is gonna be tough, but now I have seen it it looks fairly straight forward.
And I do get the part that you feel guilty about not being able to perform, my family is really supportive too. But then again, if we really wanna do this, those feelings should not stop us. Keep going and learn stuff you did not learn before. Take a rest first, then start learning again, when you are ready, go fill up those job applications and when the time comes, just show up.