Freelancing Optimism, a Little-Known Key to Success?

Is your glass half-full or half empty? Your answer to that age-old question to determine whether you are an optimist or a pessimist may be more important than you think. It may actually determine how successful your freelancing business is. It seems that attitude really can determine success. Under30CEO blog recently shared the story of Michael Austin Jacobs, who used his positive attitude as a … [Read more...]

How Determined Are You to Succeed at Freelancing?

Are you willing to do what it takes to be a successful freelancer? Determination is one of the key attitudes that contribute to freelancing success. It's often that little bit of extra that you do that makes the difference between success and failure--whether it's an extra hour spent working, an extra email answered, or an extra prospect contacted. It's determination that gives you the strength to … [Read more...]

The Surprising Reason Why Freelancers Fail

What's one of the biggest causes of freelancing failure? You'd be surprised. You might think freelancers fail because they did poor work. Or, maybe they missed a deadline. Perhaps they fail because they have no talent. While all of the above factors can certainly play a role in some freelancing failures, there's another, even more surprising cause of failure--not getting started as freelancer. … [Read more...]

The Holistic Freelancer

What makes you the freelancer you are? (Hint: it's NOT what you think it is.) While it may be tempting to look for a simple, single factor that always leads to freelancing success, the real truth is that all freelance success is due to the sum of many parts. There's no single path to freelancing success (and this can be frustrating). As I've said before, what works well for one freelancer may totally bomb … [Read more...]

Why You Sometimes Must Fail Before You Can Succeed (and How to Recover)

I hate pain! When the doctor has to draw blood, I wince and look the other way. If I know something is going to hurt, I generally go out of my way to avoid it. However, sometimes you must fail before you can succeed as a freelancer--and failure hurts. Don't get me wrong. I'm not advocating failure for failure's sake. I definitely believe in working smart. That's one reason I share my experiences and … [Read more...]

What on Earth Are You Doing Wrong with Your Freelancing Business? Find Out Here

Freelancing sounds like an ideal "career," one where you can earn six figures a year and never get out of your pajamas. That's almost accurate--almost. Let's not gloss over the fact that freelancing is not a get-rich-quick scheme (far from it). You won't become an overnight millionaire (I wish!). And even though you don't have to shower before work, you will have to work hard. And if you're not careful, … [Read more...]

Is Talent Enough?

How important is talent? Is it enough to let you succeed as a freelancer? On the one hand, we'd love to believe that sheer talent automatically leads to freelancing success every time. Who doesn't like a story of someone who rises from obscurity solely because of their outstanding ability? That's the stuff movies are made of. As freelancers, however, we are reluctantly forced to admit that such stories of … [Read more...]

Open Thread: What One Thing Makes or Breaks a Freelancer?

We've shared a lot about what we believe makes a freelancer successful. We've talked about mindset, talent, integrity, and customer service. We've even talked about factors outside of the freelancer such as having a great portfolio and using social media effectively. As freelancers ourselves, we know that all these things work because they've worked for us. But now it's your turn to chime in and tell us … [Read more...]

5 Lessons Being a Private Investigator Taught Me About Freelancing

A decade ago, I worked as a private investigator. It was by far, the riskiest thing I ever did in my life. For a year, I learned how to follow potential criminals, photograph them and even worked undercover. Though the pay was low and the stakes were high, I got the kind of education about working that you can’t learn by reading books or studying in school. There were actually five major lessons I learned … [Read more...]

Are Freelancing Expectations Keeping You from Your Ultimate Success?

No matter what your freelancing specialty is, I think it's fair to say that we all entered freelancing with a certain set of expectations. Of course, your expectations were most likely different mine. If you've been freelancing for any significant length of time, you probably already realize that there are some differences between your expectations before you were a freelancer and your actual experience as a … [Read more...]