Some people see apologising as a weakness, others as a strength. There is nothing wrong with being humble and polite, but some people can take advantage of people they see as weak.
In any workplace, there are some who refuse to apologise for their errors, which may have a negative impact on their professional development. Overly apologetic people, on the other hand, when there is nothing to apologise for, aren’t so wonderful either. Stop stressing and start to live with reason and boundaries as these are some of the most common pieces of advice often provided to aspiring and just-starting out freelancers.
There is a big difference between being polite and being assertive. It shows confidence if you stand by your actions and ideas. Confidence can be misplaced and misguided and lead to trouble, so knowing when to apologise and who to apologise to can be very helpful.
The approach and substance of your apology may vary depending on the situation you are sorry for and the people you are apologising to. As a freelancer, maintaining a healthy working connection with customers requires constant effort on your part. You are not a member of their staff. There is no doubt that you are an outsider, selling your services into the company. A significant service is provided by your company to their business.it is likely that you need them, more than they need you.
What are the other things you do not need to apologise for as a freelancer?
Your rate as a freelancer. You have already lost if you respond to a prospective client’s complaint about your charges by saying, “I’m sorry.” You know yourself and you know your service’s worth, by showing them that you apologise for charging them a certain price may only indicate that you are not confident enough.
It’s impossible for everyone to excel in every single skill. It’s OK to decline tasks if you don’t feel comfortable with them, even if you’ve learned a lot and pushed yourself out of your comfort zone but being sorry for lacking that specific skill is not your fault. If you can’t deliver on a commitment, it’s best not to take on any job at all. Let your customers know that you’re not the only one who can assist them, and if necessary, bring in another freelancer with the proper experience.
Lastly, doing the right thing or being true to your beliefs should never be a cause for apologising when making a decision that involves your principles and values.