30 Things That Will Make You A Successful Freelancer

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Are you wondering how successful freelancers work?

They do stuff over and over again. It shows that it’s a process and every process takes time. However, there are certain things that I’ve learned over the past few years that might help you in getting off the ground.

Believe me.

I have been there where a lot of new freelancers stand now.

I used to be desperate for clients.

Most of the clients I worked with between 2012 to 2014 were short-term. So this means I had to continuously look for new clients. But all that struggle paid off well. After February 2015, I stopped marketing my content writing service and removed the hire me CTA button from my blog. In fact, since the beginning of the year 2016, I’m forwarding a lot of clients to other freelance writers because I didn’t have time to manage all of them.

That being said.

Now, I’m going to share what I learned along the way.

Here are 30 things that will make you a successful freelancer:

  1. Do not let the fear of failure stop you from starting it.
  2. You won’t get a client for ages—but then things will change—and they will start coming.
  3. Rejection is part of the game — don’t be afraid of being rejected. Face it.
  4. There is only one thing that keeps you going, and that’s the belief that you can do it.
  5. Don’t follow a strategy because it’s working for a friend, instead, follow it if it makes sense.
  6. Just be prepared for a couple of tough years in terms of response, earning, and reputation.
  7. Don’t let the unpaid invoices haunt you.
  8. Some clients will not like your work; they won’t pay you either. Back off and find the new ones.
  9. Always try to deliver more than expected. Over-delivering makes you special.
  10. Hard work makes you irreplaceable. So be that freelancer who can’t be replaced.
  11. Don’t dwell on others’ success because you don’t know what they have gone through.
  12. People will judge you no matter what. Don’t let them ruin your journey.
  13. Use your passion in freelancing because that’s the only way to sticking to it.
  14. Be patient because it takes the time to kick-off.
  15. Don’t settle. Be the learner who learns something new every day.
  16. Don’t be limited to a specific freelance platform.
  17. Open yourself to testing unique strategies and setting new examples.
  18. Build a strong relationship with your regular clients.
  19. Schedule a Skype meeting, at least, once a month to analyze, share, and discuss work progress.
  20. Take freelancing as a business. That’s the only way to grow and move further.
  21. Be thankful on whatever you learn, achieve, and get paid.
  22. Use your expertise, knowledge, and experience to help out your clients.
  23. Always renegotiate your pricing every 6 months or 1 year.
  24. Keep on working on your skill set and authenticity.
  25. Be a keen learner of your industry’s standards and trends.
  26. Writing a blog does help in freelancing in lots of ways.
  27. Have multiple (verified) payment methods ready to receive payments.
  28. Give your energy and sweat in the first few years; skip parties; cancel road trips.
  29. Don’t ever ask for a freelance job. Just put your work in front of the audience.
  30. Occasionally take feedback from existing clients; it shows you care about your clients.


A lot of freelancers don’t make their way up to the ladder because they don’t take freelancing seriously.

It’s a serious business. Adopt it as a lifestyle, if you want to succeed in freelancing.

I shared 30 things that I’ve learned over the course of five years.

The first three years were the sheer struggle.

I kept on going.

I figured out that consistency is the key. In fact, I learned so much along the way just because I never left the race track and kept on running.

If you go off the trail, you’d probably look to start over (with something new) and you come back to the initial stage.

Choose to freelance wisely; perhaps it’s not for everyone.

A lot of people I’ve met are made for jobs.

They can’t take risks, they can’t be their own boss, and more importantly, they’re not patient.

I made this far because I have learned that patience is the key to business success

I take freelancing as a serious business, which is why I’m moving forward successfully.

Has this blog post made any difference in your freelancing approach?

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