Are You Determined To Succeed At Freelancing?
You do not need to be left in the dark concerning what you need to do in order to be successful in freelancing because it is too easy to achieve it.
You are the determinant to your success in freelancing because, it only requires your determination to do something extra to what others offer in order to succeed.
Spending an extra hour to perfect on your work, sending an extra mail to follow up on some clarification on a project and other simple things like these are what makes you succeed and others fail.
As you can see, it is upon you to decide whether you will let your determination give you the strength to do something extra than just having the job done.
Here are a list of questions you can use to examine yourself whether you are determined to succeed as a freelancer.
i. Is it your choice that you are a freelancer?
If you willingly choose to be a freelancer, you are at a better chance to succeed because you will be having enough determination to having it work.
On the other hand, there are others who join the freelancing business with a view of earning money.
For them, they lack the passion and the driving force to succeed but they think on how they can make more money but they lack time to improve their skills because they are determined to be better freelancers.
ii. Will you do everything it takes to meet a deadline:
It is a fact that meeting deadline requires some sacrifice of your time and working overtime to deliver quality.
The harsh truth is that it is unlikely to achieve the best work/life balance hence forget about having leisure time. None likes this but you must be reminded that you are bound by deadlines if you need to succeed.
iii. Are you ready to forsake your comfort zone?
As a freelancer, you will need self-discipline because there is nobody to look over your shoulder to have you do the unpleasant things which happen to be essential in the successful running of a business.
This is your business hence, you will need to do all the unpleasant tasks like proper keeping of your accounting records. You must be ready to deprive yourself any comfort in order to have your business success.
iv. Are you willing to spend your resources on leaning new skills and tools?
In order to remain competitive, you will require spending your time and money in learning new skills and tools in order to remain relevant in the market.
The market is rapidly changing hence, these skills and tools are essential if you will need to compete favorably with other freelancers.
v. How equipped are you to face the financial struggles that accompanies freelancing?
In freelancing, only determined freelancers survive the famine cycle because they have trained themselves to be good money managers.
You should utilize your income appropriately keeping in mind the hardship from famine cycles. Both plenty and famine cycles should be tackled with a lot of good money managerial skills.
vi. How excited are you about your work?
Waking up an excited freelancer is an important aspect of determination that is often overlooked.
Discouragement and frustrations are likely to wear you out. If this happens, you will lack the effort needed to keep you working.
vii. Are you proud enough about what you do to share it with others?
A determined freelancer is ever proud of what he/she does and he/she is ever comfortable sharing details and any information of interest with friends and family members concerning his/her freelancing work.
Reluctance to share with people about what you do is a strong indication that you are not meant to be freelancing.
viii . Do you have any future plans regarding freelancing?
Strong determination is manifest in those who can picture themselves freelancing in more years to come.
If thorough your foreshadowing you can not see yourself as a freelancer in time to come, then freelancing is a phase in your life that you had to go through.
If many of your answers are “no”, then you need to reconsider you determination to give yourself the tenacity required to succeed or completely look for another line of work.
More of “yes” answers mean that you are already determined to succeed.