Drop These Habits If You Wish To Become A Successful Freelancer

“Success…seems to be tied to doing stuff. Successful freelancers keep moving. They fall and trip, but they don’t give up,” Margret Grande once said. The essential key to open the door for success that it may pass through is possessing and refining talents like keeping wish lists, waking up early and determining what is important to do first. What separates the successful and unsuccessful freelancer is that the former hold on to these principles no matter what changes, while the latter give up when the going gets tough.

Claudia A. Robertson, the former Co-Founder and CEO of NewLife, said: “I know in my heart that about most of what separates the successful freelancers from the non-successful ones is just perseverance.” Anyhow, below you can find a good breakdown of the habits that plagues the unsuccessful freelancer.

Living in a Mess

Having a business and maintaining it is very much like taking care of a newborn baby. The first difference you notice about the unsuccessful freelancer is his inability to organize and distinguish between what is urgent and what is not, and that he has a dizzy vision of how the day will go on. Many experts agree that clutter does have a mental weight. So, to combat clutter, you should create lists, set alarms, or use mobile apps.

Head in the Sky

An essential difference between the successful and unsuccessful freelancers is assumptions. I don’t know of any highly successful person on earth who didn’t work extra hard to be where he is. Adaptability is critical. If you have the perfect map to the treasure, and if you have the tools that will get you there, you still have to pour tons of efforts to get there, just like in freelancing. As Gary Barker, founder of the famous Photon group of fashion houses so eloquently sums it up,

“If you think you can reach the top and stay there without being honest with yourselves, you're therefore crazy.”

Which brings us to:

Dodging Responsibility

Telling lies is the quickest and shortest way to failure. It especially applies to the business of the freelancer. As an industry expert, Daniel Morgan says when someone say “I was too busy.” It means that the gig “isn't relevant, fun, pays well, educational enough to get my full attention.” Let’s be honest; it’s just another facet of corruption. Dodging responsibility is a disease and an ever-hungry monster, its food is laziness and your credibility. According to the former president of Astrein John Michael,

“You won't dodge the responsibility tomorrow by running away from it now.”

Ignoring Feedback

Another key to open the door for happiness is to listen to client’s complaints and suggestions. Are you on the right track or just plowing in the sea? The best way is to ask for feedback and accept it with an open heart. If you have friends who will offer constructive criticism when you need it, you’re already ahead of the unhappy freelancer. There’s always room for improvement. Learn to use your critics for your benefit; they will help you connect to reality in a meaningful way. Thinking about feedback is a fundamental aspect, that eludes the unhappy freelancer.

To be successful in freelancing is a combination of a healthy brain that thinks straight, working hard in the right direction, making the right decisions, habits and personality traits, and love of God. But when you hit a dead end it doesn’t mean it is the end of the world. Taking it in and a willingness to keep pushing is how you deal with it. As Mark Zach said,

“Successful freelancers evaluate themselves in a positive way and develop their powers as they work to defeat the weaknesses.”

(Disclaimer: I wrote this article from my head, the personalities, countries, and quotes are from my fantasy to elaborate on my points, none of the figures mentioned nor the companies and the country named are real nor connected to real characters and corporations or countries.)

(Paraphrased)

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