There are a slew of freelancers who I would not call business owners. In their mind, they may consider that they are successful but they treat their freelancing like a hobby. Their mindsets & habits do not reflect success.
In many ways, I do not like the term freelancer because it does carry negative connotations with some people.
Fact of the matter is: a full-time freelancer is a business owner, an entrepreneur or more accurately, a solopreneur.
I will be the first to tell you that gaining success as a freelance business owner is not easy. You must have a “thick skin,” and not allow the opinions of others to have power over your thoughts and actions.
Success comes from following mindsets & habits. I am going to share 6 of those with you. I suggest you note them down and reflect upon them daily to help keep you on the path of success.
Successful Mindsets & Habits #1: A Solid Work Ethic
This is one of the first signs whether a freelance business owner is successful. I have networked with many other freelancers and there are many who do not have good work ethics.
Let’s face it!
This is a business and no business survives by opening one day and closing 2 days. That business will not survive if the sign says open at 8 AM and the door is locked at 10 AM.
When you say you are going to work your freelance business, you MUST work it.
I want to add that if you are considering going freelance because your regular job work ethics are bad, that will probably follow you into your freelancing.
Successful Mindsets & Habits #2: Value
When I started writing web content, I must admit that I did work for peanuts. As I started following other successful freelance business owners and listened to their teachings, I realized that my work is much more valuable than the amount I was getting via content mill websites.
My writing is art. No one can duplicate my style and that is true for you too.
How do I measure my value?
There is a point where you can overvalue your work to the point of clients bypassing you because you are asking Rolex prices for Timex watches.
Personally, I measure my time at approximately $50 per hour (give or take) for blog posting. Now if I am approached to write an ebook without my name as the author, those rates climb higher. And if I am asked to write a simple press release, those rates may drop.
Just remember that you ARE valuable!
Successful Mindsets & Habits #3: Also A Salesperson
I was networking with other freelance business owners and one actually said, “I started freelancing because I hated selling. Now I don’t have to sell.”
It is probably good that this conversation was on the internet because I probably looked like Linda Blair in the Exorcist. Could my head actually spin 360°?
Your freelance business success depends on your sales ability. You must sell your talents… You MUST sell yourself.
Successful Mindsets & Habits #4: Know Why
When a person asks why you freelance, what is your answer?
You need to know your why…
Personally, my why is several things:
- I love writing
- I am making more money
- The ability to have my work read worldwide
- I can run my freelance business from anywhere
Successful Mindsets & Habits #5: Learning Mentality
No matter how long you have managed a freelance business, you will never know everything. There is always something new to learn.
I actually look forward to clients requesting my talent to write about a subject I am unfamiliar with. This allows me to research and learn.
I have actually dropped my rates slightly just to ensure I get that job because of the aspect of learning something new.
Just a small secret too; I learn a lot as I teach. When I write these blog posts and freelance business owners comment, I learn. So teaching is a part of the learning mentality.
Successful Mindsets & Habits #6: Listen And Ask
When meeting with clients, it is ultra-important that you listen closely.
Sometimes we try to multi-task while meeting with clients and we miss an important aspect of the task they are requesting.
I suggest you pay close attention and take notes. Also, ask questions to ensure you have a total grasp on what your client wants.
While I could go on and on with other successful freelancer mindsets & habits, I must move on to work for clients… So what resonates with you?
Do you have any questions?
Please leave your comments and questions below.
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