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How Can One Become A Successful Freelancer

Do you agree that freelancing means freedom? Freedom from the fixed office schedule, freedom from the plain and boring four-cornered room, freedom from your boss whose worse than a girl having her menopausal. Freelancers are the employer of themselves. They can do jobs that are based on their abilities and skills. They earn money for the things they like to do. More fun, less boredom because they love what they are doing and they are enjoying. Good thing, huh? Yes, it is. But being a freelancer isn't always come easy. Some becomes successful, and sadly, some fails. Some goes through rough roads first before being successful.

So this article is to ask random people or freelancers of the Tips they can advice for newly starting freelancers like me.

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NeldaHoxie wrote on July 26, 2014, 8:29 AM

Don't glorify freelancing. I have several long-term freelance clients and I have to meet many deadlines each day. I also have to pass editorial reviews and do rewrites as necessary, because the client couldn't accurately describe want the wanted in the first place. No, I can't tell them to got to H**L, because there would be no money, if I did. Luckily they all pay promptly.

Kementari wrote on July 26, 2014, 10:29 AM

I completely agree. As much as freelancing offers freedom, it should not be glorified. In order to be a successful freelancer you need to be disciplined in how you spend your time, be up on your technicals, and constantly make the client happy. If you don't and you lose that client (especially long term ones) then that is income loss (quite a bit usually, too). I have a couple long term clients as well and I make sure I go out of my way and above and beyond what they ask for so that I can keep them as long term clients. Being a freelancer takes a ton of work, and it is a difficult field due to many factors including: building up a client base, building up a portfolio, running a website for your services, doing re-writes for clients and meeting deadlines.

sconstantino wrote on July 26, 2014, 11:46 AM

I definitely agree with this. While I do love the freedom and extra time it gives me to spend with my daughter, it's a seriously difficult job. I spend many days earning less than a few dollars. Some days are more rewarding and I can earn quite a bit. But I don't earn anything close to resembling a significant, steady income.

paigea wrote on July 27, 2014, 8:48 PM

I wonder if I have the discipline to stay focused and get the work done as a freelancer. I am such a procrastinator. I haven't thought of a skill yet either.

cm_ang83 wrote on July 30, 2014, 10:56 PM

I think freelance also have to meet certain deadline. I will say freelancer have the flexibility on their task such as they can decide whether want to take certain job or not.

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allen0187 wrote on September 21, 2014, 11:28 PM

Freelancing has its pros and cons and it is certainly not for everyone. I do some work on the side but I do not consider myself a freelancer, at least, not a full-time freelancer.