Imagine this: a good stream of work, happy clients who want to hire you, stable income, 6 figures per month, and being able to spend quality time with your family. What does this spell out for you, the budding freelancer?
But you know better than to assume that success is easy peasy. Freelancing is tough just as it is rewarding. If you don’t have what it takes, you won’t be able to bring your freelancing career to the next level.
If you want to succeed in freelancing, consider these 5 tips to help you reach freelancing success:
Don’t be a fraidy cat
The thought of moving away from security and being out there on your own can scare the crap out of you, but you shouldn’t let these thoughts stop you from taking risks and making decisions for your business.
In other words, don’t let your fears and doubts hinder you from moving forward. Face the challenges, learn from the experience, and soon you’ll find yourself closer to freelancing success than ever.
Try, try, and try until you get it right
Don’t give up. Failure and rejection will come around sooner or later – and they will hurt and discourage you, no doubt – but take it as an opportunity to become a better freelancer.
If you think your cover letters or profile aren’t working for you, keep updating and improving them until they’re almost perfect. If you think your business methods are losing you money, change your direction. All in all, find out what it is you’re doing wrong and get it right the next time.
No man is an island
One of the things I learned the hard way is that I can’t succeed all on my own.
If it weren’t for friends who encouraged and advised me, freelancing blogs that taught me tips new to me, and joining in discussions with fellow freelancers, I don’t think I’d have made it this far in my freelancing career. I’d still be providing spec work, underbidding myself, and be empty of clients and freelance work.
Reach out to fellow freelancers. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and invest a bit of your time learning from expert freelancers.
Your piggy bank is your best friend
So you’ve finally earned your first paycheck as a freelancer, congratulations! But don’t go spending your hard earned cash just yet.
One lesson freelancers should learn is to save. Save a portion of your income for emergencies, another portion as an incentive for yourself, and use the rest for what personal/business expenses you need to make.
Your piggy bank (or in this case, your bank account) is your best friend, so don’t ignore or take it for granted.
Strive to be tech savvy
Technology is constantly evolving with new techniques, apps, and methodologies. Falling behind on the latest news and techniques will make you less efficient and desirable to clients. It’s the truth.
Although it’s impossible to learn everything and anything new and innovative, focus your efforts on technology that can help you produce high quality work efficiently. This means learning how to use Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, or any other piece of technology you need to give clients what they need.
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