Most people working on a typical 8 hour job think that freelancing is a dream come true.
There is no need to rush in the morning to avoid traffic and be late for work. You don’t have to deal with a difficult boss berating you now and then, or be the subject of envy of your coworkers. Indeed, freelancing is bliss! Or so you thought.
Yes, it is true that you are your own boss when you freelance. You control the hours you work and you have more chances to earn better income compared to being employed.
However, it also means hard work. You may have no boss, but you have clients to deal with. There are also loads of competition everywhere.
Here are 5 important qualities needed for a successful freelancing career:
- Self Discipline. It is so easy to give in to the lure of laziness when working at home with no one watching your back. To be a successful freelancer, you have to be self-disciplined. You know when to work, and when to go out and have fun. Compared to a traditional employment where you earn a fixed income regardless of the volume of work you do, freelancing is different. More work means more pay. Don’t expect to earn big while you laze around.
- Reliable. Because you don’t meet a client personally while working as a freelancer, you have to double your efforts to show that you are reliable and dependable. Keep your side of the bargain. Follow instructions and keep deadlines. This is the core value when building your freelancing career. A happy client will always come back for more. He can even recommend you to other people.
- Organization. A freelancer wears many hats. If before you were so used to working with a team with only one or two responsibilities, working on your own requires that you handle the marketing, sales, and finances of your business. You have to be organized and if possible, work systematically. This way, you will be able to handle all the important aspects of your freelancing career with ease.
- Persistence. Rejection, criticisms, and not being paid are all part of a freelancing career. To be successful means you have to be persistent despite all these negative forces. You have to persist and be determined. You must always leave room for you to grow and learn.
- Communication. Other than the fact that you have to always be around when your client needs you, communication also means being honest and sincere. In fact, communication is a skill vital to your career. Your ability to communicate with your clients shows your efficiency, availability, and integrity.
What quality do you think is important in your freelancing career?