The Downsides of Freelance Work

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  1. All I can add to this list is the challenge of quality management. When I last worked as an employed consultant a colleague and I would use each other as an informal quality manager and although we had different areas of specialisation we could look at report structures, executive summaries and presentations and offer thoughts about approach, language, clarity etc. Proof reading your own work is very difficult and if I have a important client report I get someone else to read it through just to check for half-finished sentences or a misplaced cut-and-paste. In the rush to meet a deadline and/or to get paid maintaining quality is both very difficult and very important at one and the same time.

    1. Hi Martin, thanks a lot, once more, for dropping by and for sharing that wonderful response. Indeed, I couldn’t have agreed more about the importance of cross-checking what we know and the experiences we may have, as an opportunity to always want to improve and be better at what we do already. It’s interesting you mentioned you had a colleague with whom you would do that quality management.

      Subconsciously, I think, I have done that same thing with a small network of folks from different countries, cultures and backgrounds (never mind their work experiences with up to 30 years of experience!) by engaging in different conversations where we get to test our very own knowledge, expertise and know-how by commenting on each other’s work that we make available. It’s all done very informally and with a certain degree of openness and transparency, which allows for rather open and frank conversations about the work we do and while we don’t do it to the point of exhaustion it’s definitely helped shape up plenty of our individual and collective offerings to service clients. Interestingly enough, I don’t think we are aware we are doing that quality management on each other’s work as you explained above, but, somehow it turns out to be that way, which I appreciate a whole lot since they have got a whole lot more experience than I do around freelancing, consulting and advisory work. Yeah, you could say I’m a lucky man! 😀👍🏻

      Thanks again for the fantastic feedback!

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