Freelancing has become really famous especially due to the pandemic. Almost everybody has tried to freelance one way or the other, but not everybody succeeds. If you are reading this article, chances are you have tried freelancing too but did not get the results you wanted, if any at all. Becoming a successful freelancer is not as easy as it seems. Here are a few tips to help you land on the list of successful freelancers…
Never Fear Failure:
All successful freelancers have failed a lot especially at the start of their freelancing journey. The successful freelancer most definitely has failed more times than the beginner has even tried. That is why you should never fear failure, but instead learn to learn from all the failures and to analyze what went wrong and what could be done to improve it and not let it happen again.
If you adopt this mentality you will never truly fail, but only learn from your mistakes. You only truly fail when you quit.
Breaking The Entry Barrier:
The freelance industry is filled with entry-level freelancers, while expert-level freelancers are comparatively not so many. The reason for this is that becoming a freelancer usually does not require any investment or any professional skillset for that matter. Most of the time you just have to create a profile and apply for freelance jobs or post gigs.
Because it is very easy to “become” a freelancer, the amount of freelancers on the entry-level are in huge numbers, and the competition is also huge at the entry-level where you might be competing with freelancers who offer dirt cheap rates for the same services you provide.
Your main focus when starting your journey as a freelancer is to have patience at the entry level and have a few jobs at low prices under your profile and stay consistent. Most entry-level freelancers cannot stay consistent and they do not have patience, if you can sustain the entry-level and make your way onto the intermediate level, you are well on your way to becoming a successful freelancer.
Be A Specialist, Not A Generalist:
The problem with being a generalist is that you can’t become the expert on everything as you have limited time. If you are able to be a generalist in three things and charge $10/hr on each, you can definitely spend the same amount of time specializing just one and charge way higher than that, as generalists are very easy to find, but specialists are not.
Becoming a successful freelancer requires hard work, effort, time, and most of all patience. It requires the will to never give up and do what other freelancers don’t want to do. By following these simple yet effective tips, you will be well on your way to becoming a successful freelancer.