5 Freelancing Habits You Must Have to be Successful

23/10/2016 19 comments

What freelancing habits do you need to have or acquire?

Success doesn’t fall from a tree and hits you in the head. It also doesn’t come from one’s inability to improve himself and not try to always do the best job he can. The formula is different for everyone and what works for one person may not work for you.

However, if you dig deep enough, you’ll notice all accomplished people have one thing in common – they all have certain habits that helped them reach the top. Well, just like Cristiano Ronaldo, Elon Musk and Oprah are creatures of habit, you too should have certain freelancing habits in order to be successful.

Here are 5 freelancing habits you need to have in order to be successful in this profession:

5 freelancing habits to have

1. Think of it as a Business, Not as a Hobby

Stop thinking about freelancing as a hobby. That will get you nowhere. You also can’t think of it as a second or third source of income. You’re either in it full time or no time.

Freelancing is a business just like any other. You need to treat it as such and the moment you start doing that, you’ll make a lot less mistakes. With this, eventually comes a bigger income from freelancing. After all, this is what it’s all about.

2. Hone Your Skills Every Day

It doesn’t matter if you are a content writer, web designer or something else entirely, you need to use your skills every day. Even if you don’t have a client at the moment, you still shouldn’t allow your skills to go rusty.

Of course, you should still make breaks now and then, as no one can work 24/7 and be good at what he does. Sometimes you may not be inspired to work at all. When that happens, it’s alright to step away from your workstation, take a walk or do whatever else you want at that moment.

3. Do More Than What You’re Asked

One of the most important traits a freelancer must have is a go-getter mentality. Don’t do only what the client asks you to do, but go even beyond that. For instance, if you agreed to deliver the article on Friday and today is Monday, do it on Wednesday. If the website needs one month to be completed, do it in three weeks or less.

The end result will be twofold. First, the client will likely see that you are someone he can rely on and will send more work your way. Second, you’ll push your own boundaries and show yourself that you can accomplish some things you didn’t know you can.

4. Market Yourself

When you start out in the world of freelancing, you’re a nobody. Chances are, you’re going to stay under the radar for most clients, unless you start marketing yourself. You won’t find any clients by just sitting around. Go outside and meet potential employers and make contacts.

Upwork, for instance, is just one way to find a client but it’s the most rudimentary one. You should also call or email potential clients (just don’t spam them). Visiting events where you can meet potential clients is also a good idea.

5. Organize Yourself Better

Say goodbye to having no or little obligations. As a freelancer, you constantly have to juggle between several clients. How do you remember what project you are working on for which client? Or when is a particular client’s assignment due?

It can be difficult to remember all of this, but luckily you don’t have to. Instead, you can (and really should) use tools like Trello, Evernote or Hootsuite.

Also, don’t forget about invoicing. If you are looking for a good invoicing tool, check out The Invoice Machine or Zoho.

Freelancing can be difficult and sometimes even stressful. Having these five freelancing habits will only work in your favor, so make sure you establish them early in your career.

What other freelancing habits would you recommend to your fellow freelancers? Tell us in the comments below and don’t forget to like and subscribe to my blog.