I wanted to share this post from Brent at Your Freelance Career because we seem to always be talking about getting started, growing bigger, finding more clients, etc.
But we never talk about failure.
Failing as a freelancer is all-to-common, but I don’t think it has to be.
In my experience working with freelancers at GDB, one of the most common pitfalls is not understanding the difference between your art and your business.
To be successful at freelancing, you have to have (at least) two modes: artist mode (doing the real creative work) and entrepreneur mode (building your business).
Here’s what Brent has to say about this whole thing:
“Has your monthly revenue been slowly decreasing? How about client work – is it sparse? Do you feel like as a result of your freelance business flatlining, you’re going into radio silence mode? As a freelancer it’s embarrassing to acknowledge when you’re struggling. Sometimes you’d rather lay in bed than to face the world.
Trust me, I’ve been there myself many times. When I started freelancing full-time back in 2011 I only grossed around $10,000. That’s not a livable income if you plan on having a mortgage or a family to care for one day. It was my first year freelancing and I was scared that I wasn’t going to be able to pull it off. I had no idea what I was doing, or how I’d get out of the feast or famine cycle.
A few years have passed and here I am – still freelancing full-time. Even though I was scared and unsure how things would play out, I persevered through the hard times and it’s paying off. I continued to show up every day. Last year was my most successful year yet. I made more money than I would’ve been working at my previous part-time job.”
Read the whole article at Your Freelance Career.