There are certain traits required of a freelancer for him or her to become successful at what they do, and let me be the first to tell you, freelancing is not easy. Yes, ultimately you’ll end up with more freedom and spare time on your hands, but until you’ve mastered the art of efficiency and time management, you’ll have a lot of sleepless nights and manic weekends full of work.
Therefore, YOU should NOT become a freelancer because:
1. You’re lazy
If you don’t have the drive to work and be productive when employed, what hope do you have when you don’t have someone watching over you all the time, making sure you’re on schedule? Freelancing requires you to have passion and energy about your field of work – that’s what makes you want to get up in the morning and get to work. If you keep your bad habits whilst freelancing, it can prove to be very detrimental.
2. You’re not disciplined
Discipline is an extremely important trait that any freelancer needs. Discipline in the sense that you can produce a schedule, and stick to it. In the end, we all procrastinate and delay to some extent, but if you don’t have the self-control and discipline to minimize your unproductive, wasted time, forget about freelancing. A time-wasting, unproductive freelancer is an unsuccessful freelancer. If you’re going to end up spending hours upon hours longer producing a piece of work due to your laziness, then what’s the point of becoming a freelancer in the first place? You’re meant to be saving time, that you can spend on things that matter more.
3. You’re not interested
Whether or not you perform to a high degree when it comes to work is solely down to one thing, your interest in the field. A person can’t be enthusiastic about their work if they don’t have a deep interest which emanates outside of their freelance work. You can usually identify if you have a deep interest in a topic or field by looking at your hobbies. If your hobbies identify with your desired field of freelancing, that’s a very positive sign.
The point of this article isn’t to defer you from freelancing, it’s to simply make clear to you that without the proper skills in place, the chances of failure are high. Instead, it should inspire you to try and obtain the skills and traits mentioned.
The decision to become a freelancer is not a light one to be made. It requires long, hard thought as your career, family and way of life is at stake. Only proceed if you know you can be a success, not if you think you can.
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