Working as a freelancer is not a walk in the park. There are many factors that will determine whether or not you are cut out to be one. Because you are no longer employed – not a part of a company or a team, you have to rely and do things on your own. Often times, you learn things through trial and error.
Each mistake becomes lessons learned. Each triumph a celebration and an added factor that will boost your confidence as a freelancer.
Here are 5 factors that can sabotage your freelancing career path and deter you from excelling and succeeding:
It is true that working as a freelancer can be … lonely. There is limited to none social interaction with other people. It is not surprising that Facebook and Twitter are your best friends. Sadly, staying online all day are time wasters. Instead of focusing on work, you get distracted with all the latest updates and tweets from your friends.
Having Too Much on Your Plate
Although taking on 4-5 projects at the same time would mean good income, it can hinder you from giving quality work. And quality work is what most clients are looking for. Just the thought of having to do so much can be so overwhelming that eventually you find yourself not accomplishing anything. Either you let go some projects, or you have to improve your organizational skills to be able to accomplish all.
Having the right attitude as a freelancer is your surest path towards success. Without a doubt, having the wrong ones will lead to your downfall. Always start your day with a positive attitude. It is important that you work hard despite the fact that no one “checks” on you. You have to maintain your integrity and honesty. Stop complaining about the crappy pay or the snotty client. Remember, you are doing freelancing work because this is your choice. No one forces you to do something you don’t like.
All Work, No Play
All work and no play makes Jack or Jill boring and blah. Yes, it is true to be productive you have to work hard. But, it is also essential that you take the time to relax and have fun. Engage in your favorite sports, or go out and spend quality time with your family or friends. The time off from work will do wonders!
Fear of Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
Some people are afraid to venture out of their comfort zone. They don’t like the feeling of not knowing what to do. Yet, this fear limits your productivity. It limits your chances of learning something new. It stops you from discovering hidden talents and skills. Most of all, it prevents you from taking your freelancing career a notch higher.
Avoid these factors, and you will see your freelancing career moving towards success.