The world around us is constantly changing and the way we work is no different.

Technology has advanced greatly in the last 10 years and with it has come an entirely new way to work.

However, this is just the beginning.

While how you work and the tools you use might change, there are still 5 essential skills that freelancers must possess if they want to succeed. These skills don’t rely on software, equipment or anything else—they only depend on yourself.

One skill that is often overlooked but is crucial to your survival in the future of freelance work is knowing when to walk away.

“5. Know when to walk away.

Just because a client needs your services doesn’t mean they will treat or value you how you would want. If you hear negative comments about a client or get a feeling that they are not going to abide by the contract, then be prepared to walk away.

Sticking around and carrying through on a bad deal will end up costing you more money and time in the long run than if you had just found a different client to begin with. It’s always in your best interest to investigate the client before agreeing to anything.

The easiest way to go about this is by simply asking questions or requesting testimonials from previous contractors. This is your livelihood; don’t be afraid to take control of it.”

Check out the other 4 skills at Freelancers Union.