Many business have negative feelings towards the word, and quite honestly, the freelance industry as a whole, due to the perception of poor quality, inconsistent work.
As a result of that, many freelancers use other words to describe who it is that they are. Words like “consultant”, ”business owner”, or the actual skillset that they are like “web designer or developer.”
And for a long time I did this too, until I did a bit of research into what the word “freelance” meant. The origin if you will.
After looking into what "free lance" comes from, what it's true meaning is, I embraced the term and I hope this episode will help you as well.
To be a successful freelancer and have a successful freelancing business, you need:
- To have focus and driven to do the best work possible
- Highly communicative
- Charge what you are worth
- Know who you serve
- Know the very big problem that you solve for them
- Have the discipline to stay on task
- Focus on your own business as if it were a client of yours
These 7 things are absolute musts, non-negiotiable.
With these 7 characteristics you will stand head and shoulders above the crowd.
Because of them, you can embrace the term “freelance” and know that you aren’t just a hire hand or a mercenary.
You do what you do to help grow your client’s businesses. You are passionate about the “thing” you are putting into the world because you know that it can help make difference, not just in your client’s eyes, but their customers’ eyes and ultimately your own.
By becoming that partner with your clients, you can design a life, the life you want, through freelance.
That is freelance!
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Should I call myself a “freelancer” (definitive answer)?
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What do you do to position yourself as an expert to leads?
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What do you do again?
What is the best freelancing website?
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How to attract clients with big budgets?
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