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Tolerating ambiguity

Tolerating ambiguity

Successful freelancers accept uncertainty for what it is and try not to waste precious energy fighting it or wishing it away. 

They tune into the compass they carry inside of them and trust their intuition. They also bring others in to help them chart a path. As one freelancer put it.

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MORE IDEAS FROM 7 Competencies That All Freelancers Need

Risk-Taking
Being a freelancer is essentially one long exercise in risk-taking. 

The decision itself to become a freelancer, especially if you’re coming from a more traditional work background, is a risk: No longer are steady paychecks, designated roles. and corporate goals a part of your day-to-day. 

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Resilience

Resilient freelancers tackle failure head on

They don’t brush it aside or seek to place blame. They look at it as a necessary  part of the process of being successful. By taking a clear look at their actions and opening themselves up to new insights, they seize negative experiences as an opportunity for growth.

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Learning Agility

People who are learning agile are talented at knowing what to do when they don’t know what to do. That pretty much sums up the life of a freelancer. 

They excel at learning from their experiences. They then take those lessons and adapt them to succeed in new situations.

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Flexibility

Anyone entering the freelance world with the notion that they can “plan their work, and work their plan” will face frustration.

The needs of customers, and sometimes events beyond control, will eventually lead freelancers in new directions. Those try to stick to a chosen path  risk falling behind the marketplace. 

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Self-Awareness

A big part of being a successful freelancer is being able to effectively sell yourself and what you have to offer.

A key element of selling yourself is projecting authenticity. And big part of being authentic is knowing yourself.

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Many are drawn to freelance careers by the opportunities for freedom and being your own boss. But being on your own doesn’t mean you have to do it all alone. 

Instead of relying only on yourself, try proactively engaging with others and building a diverse community of relationships. A rich and thriving community can be a source of many things for a freelancer.

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Challenges for freelancers
  • Clearly framing the value they deliver to clients so that their talents are recognized and put to use;
  • Setting a clear direction for themselves in a career that is distinguished by “fuzziness and fog”;
  • Building a diverse web of relationships to provide guidance, support, inspiration, and opportunity;

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Know your worth

When starting out as a freelancer, it can be challenging to know where to price yourself based on your knowledge and your skills in the market. To work this out, we suggest you:

  • Find your niche. This is the value freelancers bring to many companies to help meet their needs. Once they’ve developed an area of expertise, they need to learn how to communicate their value, clearly and concisely. 
  • Learn the market. After all, there’s no fun in marketing a skill that nobody wants. 
  • Monetize your skills. It’s no good freelancing if you can’t make money. Turn your talents into products or services that people can buy. 
  • Tap into your confidence. Know that what you can offer is crucial and own it. Most

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Is freelancing right for you?

It’s estimated that by the end of 2021, 42% of the American workforce will be freelancing.

It takes more than a stable internet connection to make a living as a freelancer. In order to make the big bucks, you’ve got to put in your time and know your stuff when it comes to selling your services.

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Finding freelance work

Freelancers may find it a struggle to consistently find online freelance work.

Many people may believe that clients will come to you, but jobs are seldom handed to you on a silver platter. You have to buckle down and work hard to regularly find work in the freelancing world. However, some strategies can make that work a bit easier.

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