Not everyone is meant to be a freelancer. It’s not easy. There was a time in my career that I questioned if it was something I was meant to do. Multiple times in fact.
It’s something that many wrestle with especially in the bad times, myself included. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that either.
People with a full time job and a classic 9-to-5 wrestle with what they are doing everyday as well. It’s a natural feeling people have.
Being a creative person and going against the grain is something that comes natural. Having a regular 9-to-5 job seems just that, “regular” and you may think the grass is greener.
Becoming a freelancer is a career choice that has to be made based on you and a soul searching exercise that is true to you.
Here is an article I wrote on the 13 reasons Why Freelancing Isn’t For You.
- Don’t have a good support system
- You need benefits
- You don’t have patience
- Can’t say “no”
- Aren’t objective
- Don’t like to continuously learn
- Don’t like change
- You don’t like being alone
- You don’t want to deal with people
- Have pipe dreams
- You don’t love what you do
- You can’t handle rejection well
- Not organized or easily distracted
Only want to work on fun things
Freelancing gives you freedom to pick and choose what projects to work on and what client to work with. That’s for sure one of the biggest benefits freelancing has and one of the biggest reasons many creative entrepreneurs choose to go freelance.
Just because you choose the project though, doesn’t mean that there are not many tasks that aren’t boring.
Every single project has mundane tasks.
There are parts of your business that have mundane tasks.
You will have to do them, there’s no doubt about that. They will suck and be boring.
But you have to do them and potentially do them for a long time.
It’s not sexy but it’s necessary.
Ryan Carson, founder of Treehouse, has been waking up at 4:30am for well over a year to simply out work his competition by doing the mundane.
Can he offload these tasks, probably, but he says that by doing some of these mundane tasks that aren’t the sexy parts of the business, he learns more and understands what it takes.
Which then allows him to grow himself and his business.
Aren’t in it for the long haul
Freelancing is not a get rich quick scheme.
I’ve been in this game a long time and I’ve seen plenty of people come and go with these false perceptions that freelancing is all about living on the beach, rolling around on cash, and even sailing around in yachts.
If you are doing any of those things off the back of freelancing, you are faking.
Don’t believe the hype. To be successful as a freelancer, you need to build a business that’s sustainable.
A sustainable business isn’t built overnight.
If you are thinking that you are going to go freelance and in a month make enough money for you to live off of the entire year, I’ve got some bad news for you.
Freelancing is hard work and it takes time to be successful at it. Give yourself some space and allow for time to grow and make mistakes.
If you can make it past 3 years freelancing, then consider yourself over that hump and on your way.
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What payment structure should I do?
How do you build a good freelancing profile in the field of web development considering the competition?
What are skills you can learn fast and have high freelancer value?
How to start freelancing?
Should you do free work to build a portfolio?
What is freelance?
How can I start freelancing without experience?
What does it take to be a freelancer?
Why did you start freelancing?
What is the very first step to work as a freelancer?
How do you set the boundary of work you do and work you don't do?
What are your client red flags?
What should you be able to create as a web developer before starting in your freelance career?
When starting out freelance, should I just be a generalist to get my feet wet, or should I go for that niche?
As a developer, should I throw my projects on Github or build a site from scratch to grab attention?
What can I use for social proof when starting as a freelancer?
How can I start freelancing as a web developer?
Should I use my name or create a business name when starting?
Should I call myself a “freelancer” (definitive answer)?
Why should you not be a freelancer?
How do you collect online payments as a freelancer
How much money do I need to make?
Why is hourly billing bad?
Why is hourly billing good?
What are the biggest mistakes a freelancer can make?
How to adapt and change to the WordPress climate?
How to budget as a freelancer?
What is your marketing plan?
What is your sales process?
What do you do to position yourself as an expert to leads?
How do you balance your time for sales and marketing?
How do you get high-quality clients?
Should I offer my services as a web designer/developer or specialize first?
What do you do again?
What is the best freelancing website?
What do you do for a follow-up sequence for leads?
How to attract clients with big budgets?
How not to be annoying in sales?
How do you convince someone to sign a contract?
What to say when a client is late on a payment?
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