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8 Adjectives That Describe Successful Freelancers

An adjective describes a noun. The noun I speak of is freelancers, and there are a plethora of adjectives that could describe bad freelancers, but in today’s post, we will delve into successful freelancers and the words that best describe them.

While there are probably some more descriptive words for established and successful freelancers, I am going to give you the 8 adjectives that are most prevalent with successful freelancers.

Freelancer Adjectives

1: Assertive

“Assertiveness is your ability to act in harmony with your self-esteem without hurting others.” Author unknown

Many people seem to mistake aggressive with assertive. The word assertive comes from self-assurance or confidence.

As freelancers, success comes through confidence. We must assert our talents and abilities. We must be assertive with our terms and conditions. We also must be assertive when it comes to our pay rates.

For some freelancers, assertiveness comes naturally. It sometimes seems that everything good just “falls in their lap,” while we have to fight every inch of the way.

I have a great source for you to learn how to be more assertive as a freelancer. The experts over at Acuity Training developed and excellent guide for freelancers and entrepreneurs on assertiveness. It is called Assertiveness For Freelancers and you can read it here.

2: Dependable

“Without dependability one’s ability may be a liability instead of an asset.” Woodrow Wilson

I have met many freelancers who are quite talented, but they are not dependable. They wonder why clients bypass them and contract the more expensive and less talented freelancer.

It is dependability.

Knowing the person will get the job done on time and will follow the directives of the client is more important to many clients than the freelancer who has extreme talent but their highly noticed adjective is undependable.

3: Persistent

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” Benjamin Franklin

This follows right in line with assertiveness. Being persistent will get you high on the ladder of success.

Now do not confuse persistence with pushiness. There is a big difference.

I remember the rejections I received when I first started. I would go ahead and contact those same possible clients back in 1 or 2 weeks with a simple hello and a new proposal.

I remember having several giving me a chance, and I made the most of it. Persistence paid off, and I believe many successful freelancers and entrepreneurs will tell you the same.

4: Curious

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney

While this may seem to be an odd adjective, it is one that fits the top freelancers.

Our curiosity leads us to want to know everything about anything.

Always wanting to learn leads us into freelance jobs that no other freelancers would dare to touch. I would like to think that curiosity is one of my strongest traits. I love researching and learning.

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5: Determined

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” Og Mandino

Determination is what makes successful freelancers. If we are determined to be the best at our job, we will!

No matter what you desire, if you are determined to achieve it, you have 90% of the battle won.

6: Humble

“Humility is the true key to success. Successful people lose their way at times. They often embrace and overindulge from the fruits of success. Humility halts this arrogance and self-indulging trap. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success.” Rick Pitino

If we ever think we are too good to not listen to critique and to realize we are not perfect…success has just escaped our grasp.

Only the humble can truly enjoy success.

7: Self Disciplined

“With self-discipline most anything is possible.” Theodore Roosevelt

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Freelancers MUST be self-disciplined to be successful. It is an adjective that would be considered a synonym of freelancing. Without self-discipline, you would be better off working for an employer who can keep you in line.

8: Diligence

“Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.” Miguel de Cervantes

It takes diligence to keep climbing that hill and striving forward.

The top freelancers will have the adjective diligent on their headstones.


What other adjectives would you use to describe successful freelancers?

You can post all comments and questions below. Thank you.

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