Before I launched a new freelance platform goLance, I used to be a freelancer myself. Yes, I made some mistakes. I also became aware of these mistakes and I managed to overcome them. That’s the reason I’ve become a better freelancer.
I sure hope that the new freelancers won’t repeat some of these most common mistakes:
The First Mistake - Following the freelance crowd.
The current freelance market has been dominated by the mega-sized freelance platforms. We are talking about the tens of millions of freelancers who’re working on these freelance websites. You can hardly find a freelancer in the world who doesn’t work on at least one or more of these platforms. As a result, we have the extremely overcrowded freelance websites. To make a breakthrough as a new freelancer has become a mission impossible on these websites.
Many newbie freelancers find it difficult to accept the so-called "freelance paradox." You think that your chances of success increase with the size of a freelance website you're working on. However, it's actually the other way around.
The Second Mistake - You are your own worst freelance enemy.
Well, I dare to say that in order to be a truly successful freelancer, you have to learn how to deal with your own demons. Impatience is undoubtedly the worst of them. I have seen so many promising freelance careers being destroyed just because these freelance beginners were too impatient.
The Third Mistake - Freelancing is a marathon race. It’s not a sprint race.
Meaning, you should hold your horses and change your attitude. There are plenty of projects and clients for every single freelancer out there. I know that’s not easy to be patient when you are in freelance dire straits. But, you can’t make the world go round you and just for you.
The Fourth Mistake - You accept the cutthroat race to the bottom.
Unfortunately, the modern freelancing has become a pointless and merciless cutthroat race to the bottom. There’s no happiness and success in this approach to freelancing. You should stick to your freelance guns and the price that makes you happy. If a low price is your strongest freelance advantage, then you will never be a better, but rather a disappointed and frustrated freelancer.
The Fifth Mistake - You allow to be controlled and guided by your personal expectations.
You have to deal with these too. Again, so many great freelance beginners haven’t reached their full potential because they allowed their personal expectations to run the game. You think that you are going to make this year as a freelancer. But hey, you will have to wait a month or two more. So, what’s the big deal? Well, for some freelance newbies it certainly is.
You have to be a better, patient, and more tactical freelance beginner.
The biggest obstacles are in your head!
Don’t look for excuses. Don’t go running around and point fingers at some “obstacles” they are actually in a completely different place.
If you want to become a successful freelancer, then you have to begin by avoiding these mistakes.