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Common Traits Shared By Most Successful Freelancers

Date January 31, 2009


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Individuals who make their living entirely off of their freelance work share several common traits. Are you a freelancer or interested in pursuing your dream of becoming one? Do you want to increase the success of your business? Ask yourself if you possess the following traits or habits that most successful freelancers share.

Strong work ethic.

Many people think being self employed means you don’t have to work when you don’t feel like it. Granted when compared to a standard 9-5 job, you will likely find working for yourself allows for much more flexibility than punching the clock for an employer. When working from home you may be able to work in your jammies, run your errands during the day or enjoy other perks which make people envy the flexibility of your schedule. What people don’t always understand is the fact that you may work until 2am, on weekends or any other time you find a few hours to complete your projects. You may not have to punch in but for some people they also never really punch out. In order to be successful you must have a strong work ethic and the discipline required to not only enjoy the freedom of working for yourself but to also organize your time in a way that your work is completed.

Create every day

A large percentage of freelance jobs require creative skills. Anyone can become creative but some people are more inclined toward writing, drawing, designing and other creative “type” jobs than others. People with a passion for creating will admit they love what they do and would do it whether they were paid for it or not. By working at your craft each day regardless if you have a project or are doing it for yourself, you will build your skill set which makes you more productive when you do have paying projects on deck.

Natural salespeople

When you work for yourself you should constantly be promoting your services. Most freelancers do not have the luxury of hanging their shingle outside and instantly having a client list. You will have to be able to sell both yourself and your services to companies which requires a confident and somewhat aggressive (not annoying or scary) personality. People that struggle with these characteristics will have to learn how to fake it in order to make a living since finding and retaining clients is necessary to the growth of your business.

Have more than one stream of income

Feast or famine is often the way of life for some freelancers, especially when starting out. For several months you may struggle to find work and question whether you can continue without getting a day job; then one day you have more projects then you know what to do with. While it is important to have one main focus and skill in which you excel you should also be open and willing to pursue income opportunities that may not fall within your niche. By stepping outside the box you open yourself to new business opportunities, contacts, increased mental stimulation and the security of having more than one source of income.

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