Successful Freelancers have These 10 Must-have Traits

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Successful Freelancers have These 10 Must-have Traits
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Being a successful freelancer is well in the reach of many freelancers. As a freelancer, you’re also an entrepreneur. If you’re successful, you’ll never have to go back to a 9-5. If you have these ten traits, you’ll attract and keep clients like a moth to a flame

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1) Persistence

To be a successful freelancer, you must be persistent. In the beginning, there are going to be times when no work comes your way. Not many clients want to hire a newbie. When they do, it’s generally because they’re looking for the lowest rates. 

It may be days, weeks, or months before you get your first client. The best thing you can do is to keep sending in those proposals. If you’ve set up a gig, keep sharing your gig on Social media sites.

 I can tell you that your stocks will go up almost exponentially in some cases when you get your first couple of clients (and good reviews). On some sites, clients will even reach out to you, without you sending proposals. 

2) Self-disciplined

To be a successful freelancer, you must also be self-disciplined. Because you’re working for yourself, you’ll have a lot of flexibility. That doesn’t mean that you can sleep all day. Remember that you’ll still have the client’s deadlines to meet. Set a regular working time.

3) Punctual

Punctuality is another good trait for a successful freelancer. Clients will love you when you complete there work on time. When you’ve gotten a job from a client, both of you would have already agreed on a date of delivery, If you know you’re going to be late, notify the client in advance. 

Doing it last minute is usually a bad idea as well. That’s usually the time when things start to go wrong. Either your computer chooses that time to crash or your internet goes down. There’s even that emergency that comes up. The point is, don’t leave work until the last minute.

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4) Always Under-promises and over-delivers

A successful freelancer will always under-promise and over-deliver. Keep your client’s expectations low and then give them more than what you promised. Clients love a freelancer who does this. Great reviews will always be forthcoming to a freelancer who does this and, consequently more work.

If you make promise more than you can deliver, it will have the opposite effect. The result will be angry clients and bad reviews. This can kill your freelancing career.

5) Financially savvy

A successful freelancer knows that he’s not working for a consistent paycheck. He knows that he’s going to have to put away some money for a rainy day. Even though he’s making a lot of money, every month won’t be the same. 

Many jobs are seasonal and, during Christmas, for example, clients will be doing less hiring. Expenses will be consistent, so save some money for when your income is on the low side. Don’t go on a spending spree when things are on a high.

6) Self-motivated

Self-motivation is another good trait for a successful freelancer to have. You won’t have a boss over you as in a traditional 9-5. There are times when you’ll want to loaf off and play video games, or surf social media for hours. With nobody to tell you to keep working, motivation is going to have to come from within.

Even when the work or the client is difficult, you’re going to have to stick to the grind. You won’t get paid for overtime, but you’ll still have to work long days, to get the work done for several clients. The payoff is that your efforts will be rewarded in the form of satisfied clients and more money in your bank account.

7) Passionate

Successful freelancers are passionate about what they do. It’s not just a matter of collecting a paycheck for them. Client satisfaction and loving the work that they do’s what gets them out of bed every morning. 

Thinking about how they can work more efficiently and earn more money is also what drives their passion as freelancers.

8) Optimistic

Being optimistic is an excellent trait for a successful freelancer to have. Negative people won’t do well as freelancers. You have to have hope within yourself that it’s all going to turn out well. You know that you’ll be earning enough to, not only, pay your bills, but to take that trip you’ve always wanted to. 

Optimism is one of the traits that drive many successful freelancers. Many people will tell you that it can’t work because it’s not a regular job. Many times I’ve heard people telling freelancers that they need to get a regular job. The same people believe that there’s no way that you can earn an income online. They also think that making money online is a scam.

The most successful entrepreneurs in the world never listened to naysayers. They believed that what they were doing would bear fruit at the end of the day.

9) Willing to learn new things

Successful freelancers are always willing to learn new things. When I started, tools like Dropbox, Google Drive, Skype, and Google Hangouts were foreign. However, I taught myself to use these tools, and they helped me in my freelancing career.

Many clients use these tools from time to time, and they’ll ask you if you’ve ever used them. Why turn down a job because of a lack of knowledge about simple tools? It’s not rocket science to learn some of these freelancing tools.

10) Professionalism

Having great skills alone will only carry you so far as a freelancer. If you have great work ethics, in addition to great skills and excellence, you’re well on your way to becoming a successful freelancer.

As you can see, if you have these 10 traits, you will eventually make it as a sucessful freelancer.

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