The Power Of No
If it isn't worth it, why add to your stress?
I get it. You need clients, rent is coming up, bills need to be paid, but if the potential client is lowballing your prices or demanding too much for their budget, why set yourself up for failure? Don't take on a problematic client just to fill up your roster, otherwise, you will regret it.
Know the value of your work.
I spend a good amount a time any given week chasing down leads and potential clients, because I need to spend time making sure my clientele grows. That, however, comes at a cost of potential clients coming back to me with counteroffers either way below my asking price or demanding x,y, and z without a budget to match. Sometimes I feel like I have no other option to just agree to with what they offer until I remind myself, I have the power to say no. As a freelancer, you shouldn't feel like to you have to accept every offer that comes your way. If you feel like your time would be better served somewhere else, then always remember you hold the power to say no and turn down a project.
Granted, by turning down a project I know I will be missing out on some money. However, I stand behind my decision because I know the value of my time. Also, in the freelancing business, you never know what the next day or week is going to bring in terms of potential clients and work, so you don't want to fill your plate up with undervalued work, and potentially miss out on a big project in the pipeline.
More time for better projects.
The reason I feel so compelled to share this piece is because I have taken work way under my price point, just to take on more work. But, because of that choice, I missed out on a pretty substantial project that came my way right after, but I couldn't commit because I had no time to offer. You're never going to know what is down the road, and that shouldn't always stop you from turning down projects, but, don't just take on work for the sake of taking on work. I know money gets tight in this industry, but if you don't value your work and your time, how can you expect your clients to?