If you’re thinking about freelancing but are unsure if it’s the right move for you, here are some things to note.
Self-discipline is probably the most important, yet one of the most difficult habits to obtain. When freelancing, you typically set your own hours and schedule. Freelancers have to plan their workflow to ensure they meet the necessary deadlines. To freelance successfully, you must have enough discipline to work beyond distractions at home and find motivation and inspiration with little to no outside reinforcements.
Being creative is a skill that surprisingly can improve your success with freelancing. When you are able to express yourself and get creative, the projects become exciting and consuming, and the easier it is to naturally want to put in the time to complete assignments wholeheartedly.
Being confident enough to advocate for yourself is another important, yet difficult skill to acquire. We use the term skill because confidence is something you can and should consistently work at. In order to successfully freelance, you must be confident in your work, your skills, your talent, and your ability to advocate for yourself. The more you pitch to clients, the more assignments you take on, and the more confident you will become.
Being organized is another must when working independently for multiple clients. Having separate folders, files, and calendars are just a few ways to stay organized when freelancing. The more organized you are, the more in control you will feel, the fewer mistakes that are made, and the more confident you will feel as well.
When you are advocating and pitching for yourself, having strong interpersonal skills will go a long way. You’ll need to communicate effectively to not only work positively alongside each other but to ensure the clients understand what tasks you can complete, what is expected from the assignment, and what you expect in return.
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