When the intention is supported by effort, success follows.
Freelancing is a business and not a job. It is a business with a low barrier to entry, which means for someone to enter the business, they don’t need a huge investment, they don’t really need to spend any money at all.
Businesses with low barriers to entry tend to have very high competition, especially at the entry level. It is those who put in the effort, and do what other freelancers don’t want to do, that puts them ahead of the competition.
Let’s take a look at some of the key traits freelancers who “Win” have…
Knowing the importance of patience
A reason why a lot of freelancers don’t succeed is that they quit very soon. They put in little effort at the start and usually quit after observing close to no results in the early days. You will never achieve results from your efforts if you quit before obtaining them.
Since freelancing has a low barrier to entry, there will be many people at the entry level, but less at the intermediate level…and even less at the expert level.
The real struggle is getting from the entry level to the intermediate level. This does not happen overnight, this is the step that takes the most time and effort. But once you get to the intermediate level, it will be relatively easier to get to the expert level.
“The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried”
~ Stephan McCranie
People don’t like to fail because of the negative feeling associated with it, or because of the psychological need to always be right…
Every successful person has failed an uncountable amount of times, and the same goes for successful freelancers too.
The freelancing world is full of beginner freelancers, but a small number will go on to be intermediate and expert freelancers. The one’s who do grow have learned to embrace and ‘re-frame’ failures…learn from their mistakes…improvise, adapt, assess and move on.
Learning every day
Learning is hard, it requires focus and mental effort to learn new skills and improve the existing ones. Most freelancers just work on projects that meet their current skill set and never try to improve. If you make £15/hour with your current skill set, you can never earn more unless you improve your skills and learn new ones.
Learn more and more each day.
Updating your skills to match the times is equally important as with the age of technology the way we live our everyday lives is drastically changing so it is also very important to keep up with the times.
Do what you don’t want to do
Progress requires consistency. Sticking to your schedules, daily showing up, and – because most freelancers work on their own – self discipline.
One of the most powerful habits you can ever develop in your business (and personal) life is to take responsibilty and do what you know needs to be done – even when you don’t feel like it.
Becoming a successful freelancer is not as easy as many may make it seem. It is a combination of effort, focus, persistence, time, and hard work.
What makes a massive difference is actually doing what needs to be done.
So before your brain can convince you to avoid a task that you know needs to be done, don’t wait. Do it immediately. You’ll be glad you did.
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