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What does it take to find success freelancing

Freelancing offers great advantages when it comes to freedom of work assignments, hours, mannerism and style. But the flexibility, variety and independence you receive as a freelancer add even more to its allure. Though freelancing sounds interesting and it does have it’s perks, it is important to consider all your options before taking the leap into the freelancing world.

 

Freelancing will impact on your finances, so you have to weigh out the pros and cons. It’s not just about easy money or simple work, it involves loads of patience and skill. Moreover, you have to have a successful track record and portfolio just to stay with the competition, let alone outshine them.

Freelancing involves diverse projects with several clients. Again, there is a lot of competition and you have to put your best foot forward. By creating a good name with an impressive portfolio, you can definitely succeed doing it. Be it writing or editing, graphic designing or photography, there is an increasing demand for freelancers in today’s virtual world. All it takes is one successful project to get your foot in the door.

Even though you may complete your gigs on time, there is no fixed pattern in gaining new work. An important reality to freelancing is that it’s uncertain, your finances will be in flux and future projects could be far in between. You have to be prepared for the ups and downs. I’m not trying to dissuade you from the freedom of working for yourself but giving you a heads up. The reality is, some don’t experience the ebbs and flows as much as others. But those who do find success know it comes through determination, dedication, sincerity and discipline.

Also, having so much freedom could lead to distraction and disappointment. Though freelancing does not involve fixed hours and the ambiance of an office, you should be working in a professional atmosphere because you want to be taken as a professional.

Active networking is an essential requirement for successful freelancing.  Along with patience and trust. You must have faith and  also need to work on your skills during your free time. By staying up on the latest trends, you can increase your knowledge base. By engaging your free time into voluntary projects, online courses and practice assignments, you can make the best use of it.

Let’s weigh the Pros and Cons:

  1. Skills and interests:

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Skills and interests are the primary elements for a successful freelance career. It is essential to highlight your skills, interests, qualifications and talents to enter into the freelance world. As prospective clients will focus on these factors before giving you the job and it is necessary to develop them. After deciding your interest and passion, you can look for projects in the particular field. The bottom line, if you are not sure about your own area of interest, you may not be able to reach out to the appropriate clients.

 

  1. Uniqueness and variety

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For a freelancer, every day is different. While full-time employees have a fixed role to work on, freelancers may encounter a lot more variety. Different clients, varied projects, diverse assignments are some of the factors that you must consider. As freelancers encounter such uniqueness in their job roles every day, you need to show a willingness to accept these uncertainties. Fixed monotonous work is an impossibility as freelancers deal with novel experiences.

 

  1. Willingness to market your skills

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Freelancers must have the ability to present their skills to the job market. You must be able to create an impressive portfolio to gain more assignments. Marketing your skills to prospective clients is the only way to bag work in the freelance world. There are several opportunities in the freelance domain, but unless you are able to reach out to the customers, you cannot expect success. I have to reiterate that you must stay updated with the latest trends in your field while applying for everything you can. Also, networking can lead to new opportunities down the line.

  1. Sincerity and discipline

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Freelancing is an alternative to regular work, but not an alternative to finances and income. This makes it essential to treat it just as a job and maintain a fixed routine. If you can display sincerity and discipline, you can expect more projects. Self-discipline is essential as you are your own boss. As there are no colleagues or subordinates around you, it is important to stay focused and work within deadlines.

 

  1. Management of finances

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As freelance work is marked by an irregular flow, it is important to manage your finances well. ‘Saving’ is a critical task in freelancing to ensure money for a rainy day. While some months may shower a constant flow of finances, few others may be dry with no work assignments in sight. If you are able to manage your income with proper savings, freelancing can become very lucrative.

 

  1. Persistence and confidence

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As freelancers, it is essential to harbor confidence over your skills and belief in your efforts. Willingness to work hard with consistency and patience are key elements for success. You must be able to win the confidence of clients with your excellency. You may encounter failure and rejections quite often, but the key to success is patience and persistence. Also, a willingness to improve and develop can take you towards satisfaction and happiness.

 

These are some of the key aspects that all freelancers have to consider. The desire to excel and the motivation to stay ahead of the competition can turn your freelancing job into a satisfying career that lasts a lifetime.

 

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