The first year of freelancing is almost always a tough one.

The inconsistent income, the struggle to find new clients, and actually building a successful business can be exhausting.

One of the toughest aspects of freelancing is getting experience that will allow you to take on a wider range of jobs. Sometimes, the best way to survive your first year and get new experience is to be willing to take a risk.

“When I was still selling books, I had shyly turned down an opportunity to edit a book for a small publisher, because, at the time, I was convinced I didn’t have the experience for the job.

But as I started to look for more ways to earn money freelancing, I realized that turning down such opportunities also meant turning down the chance to develop that experience. So when I met a local publisher at a book launch, and an employee asked whether I had any interest in editing a book for the company, I had to stifle my gut reaction of “I don’t know” and say, “Absolutely!”

The publisher, luckily, gave me a great deal of support through the process. That particular book will be out in 2016, and the experience has given me the confidence to find similar jobs—in addition to the repeat work I landed from the same client.”

Read the entire article at The Freelancer.