If you don’t know about the “80/20 Rule“, it’s a fundamental law of the universe that you can use to your advantage.
Simple guideline: 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
If you translate this to freelancing, it means:
- 80% of your “busy work” comes from 20% of your clients
- 80% of your income comes from 20% of your clients
- Your highest paying clients often micromanage less
Here’s the tricky part – you must work with enough people to understand the difference between an ideal client and a client from hell. It’s rarely black and white, there are always shades of gray.
Another example of this principle is the timing of your work.
I’ll have an open schedule for 3 weeks. Then in a 24-hour span, I’m hit with 5 requests from clients, a random tech issue pops up, all while I have a full calendar.
Instead of thinking “poor me” or “I can’t do this”, view these situations as the way of life, and create better systems to manage it all.
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