A few thoughts on being a freelancer

over 12 years ago in Inspire by matt
Q:Why does one want to become a freelancer?
A:To get an independent and decent source of income, to become their own boss, manage their time any way they want. That kind of talk.
Q: How does one become a freelancer?
A:By not choosing clients who are pain in the ass.

Constant pain in the ass leads to frustration. By getting frustrated you drain yourself. Your skills deteriorate. You develop slower. This is not freelancing. This is ant working. You can just as well ‘freelance sell groceries‘, or ‘freelance wash cars‘ in a car wash.

A good freelancer is a good salesman. Being highly skilled in whatever you do is not enough. You need to know how to sell it. If you let the client make all the decisions in disagreement with you, and if you let that happen for a long period of time, and if that can’t be changed due to the client’s nature, let it go. Go somewhere else. If you don’t, you’ll end up hating what you do and treating it as the least enjoyable time during the day you have to waste in order to keep you going.

There are millions of clients out there. The chances are the more you look, the better the people you will hook up with. Don’t get stagnant, it’s the worst thing an aspiring individual wanting to become a freelancer can do.

I needed to write these thoughts down to clear my mind but hope it helps some of you as well. In fact leave a comment or two if it does!

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