Some of this is slight a tongue-in-cheek type post. It comes after having dealt with clients who have expected more than what was agreed upon a project.
So, here is my Freelancers Creed:
1. A freelancer can accept or refuse business, or recommend projects to a colleague.
2. A freelancer is not free.
3. A freelancer is not to be associated with the word “cheap”. (Well, unless the work was bad.)
4. A freelancer is to make deadlines unless project is changed for necessary reasons.
5. A freelancer can design sites in their home and in their pajamas, or less. (I do not care what anyone wears, nor want to know about that. However, I hope cam chats with clients will at least have a decent shirt on. 😯 )
6. A freelancer should be honest about their services and be up front if a project has become more than they can handle or outside their knowledge to complete.
7. A freelancer should always put their best foot forward.
8. A freelancer is not to be confused a marketer or social media consultant (unless the freelancer offers those services and charges.)
8. A freelancer does not have to have a sense of humor, unless it is a joke site.
9. A freelancer has the right to ask pay for work as half up front and half at the finish.
10. A freelancer must make sure all project details are discussed, agreed, and somewhere whether in an actual contract or in some type of format to prevent any misunderstandings.
11. A freelancer should be friendly enough to work with people, even if their work space looks like a dark dungeon. (If it takes coffee to make things pleasant – drink it!)
Ah, I thought I would cut it off there. Anyone have any other’s to add?