You’ve finally dived into the freelance wave and applying for job after job. If you’re like me, getting rejected leaves you with the jitters. Making you feel like crushing your tools of work or even hanging your boots. Anyway, you tell yourself winners are not quitters, and you push one more time all in vain. How do I write a winning proposal? You ask. We will get to there, let’s do a quick check on your journey this far.
Have you ever thought less of yourself? Especially when you log in to Facebook and all you can see is success stories of people who even starting freelancing several years after you?
I know this feeling is very frustrating.
But let’s focus on the bright side of things. Because, I’ll tell you 5 things you are doing wrong which you must correct.
- You are afraid of losing
Ne of my friends in freelancing actually started writing two years before me. He says that his freelancing has both the good news and the bad news.
The good news is that he is able to earn about $300 to $500 every month. Sure pay. Come rain come sunshine.
The bad news?
He works 16 hours everyday with only a few breaks for eating and sleeping.
As the story goes, my good friend is working for a freelance who owns a writing account in one of the content mills. The account owner pays him $3.50 for every article.
He can’t venture into other opportunities because he doesn’t have the time, and is afraid of losing this “wonderful” and consistent client.
When your routine is like this, you will always be impressed by those who make more than $2000 every month yet you may not reach there yourself.
To achieve this, you will have to get out of your comfort zone and explore other opportunities. After all, taking risks is part of every business idea.
- You don’t have any social proof of your prowess
If you look carefully, most freelancers who earn significant amounts:
- Own blogs
- Have published their work
- Maintain meaningful online presence
- Promote their work through social media. Etc.
Clients who pay well may not notice you if you don’t have social proof about how good you are at what you do.
What can you do?
Create a blog, make useful and educative comments on blog posts, join groups in your niche and interact with experts. They may help you understand how they made it in this competitive industry.
- You haven’t specialized
I get this all the time. Freelancers saying that they can write just about anything.
Well, you can’t be an expert in everything. It has never happened before. If you pick a niche a specialize in it, you may reach the level of a consultant in that niche – which will pay you even more.
Most high paying clients prefer freelancers who have specialized in a particular niche of interest. Choosing a niche may be one of the most difficult things you’ll have to do.
But once you get your way around it, your journey to making good money may have just started.
- All you ever think about is the money.
Money follows success. Success seldom follow money.
What does this mean?
Be successful in what you do and money will come. Don’t just focus on the money when the quality you deliver doesn’t match the price you are quoting.
But if your content is unrivaled, you can go ahead and quote whatever price crazy price you think is best for you.
Here is the bottom line:
Excellence first, then money will follow you appropriately.
- You don’t read
This is a very important concept. Education is one of the greatest investments you can make. Buy eBooks and read them.
You may pick one or two concepts which will change your writing career completely. You should not just read when writing articles. Read other things as well to broaden your perceptions of things in this short life.
Our top five list is complete. Which one do you think talks more about you? What other things do you think should have been added?
Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.
See you again in the next post.