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If you’ve missed parts 1- 4 of my freelancing fails series, feel free to go back and read about the dangers of being a control freak, never saying no, workload overload and failing to prepare for rainy days that crop up in every freelance career.

Part 5 was about the importance of diversifying to build your freelance career and make it more financially secure. So why am I warning you about the dangers of freelance diversification in part 6?

Because there’s a limit to how much you should diversify – and not all diversification is wise diversification.

The Dangers of Over-Diversification

It will take time to build your new client base and disparate services will need very different promotion I very different places – meaning you’ll need more time and possibly money to manage it.


Writing, editing and proofreading make sense as co-offered services. Writing itself can be as diverse as a freelancer wants to make it, covering a vast range of areas and endeavours from writing novels to producing online learning materials. It’s a diverse offering, but it makes sense.

Writing, cake decoration and the production of ornate, bespoke leather saddles aren’t quite so compatible. That much diversity will make clients question whether you’re committed enough to what you’re offering – and how much of an expert you really are.


If you’re going to diversify, the first rule is: make sure there will be market for what you’re offering. Otherwise, you’re wasting resources on something that will never pay back your investment of your time or money.

Beyond that, ensure that you either:


Diversify by all means – but do it wisely and know your limits. I’m off to find my leather-working tools and buy some icing…



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