18 Traits You Need to Be a Freelancer

With my new book on The Business of Writing & Editing coming out in just a few weeks (squee!), I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the business of freelancing. Find out the 18 traits you need to be a freelancer in this article! Assess whether or not freelancing is right for YOU by considering these key things. * freelancer tips * freelancing tips * freelancer traits * freelancing traits * freelance business * freelancer writer *

I adore freelancing and it was one of the best choices I ever made. Of course, freelancing isn’t for everyone! But it might be for you. If you’re thinking about becoming a freelancer, these are some things to take into account before you make the leap: the 18 traits you need to be a freelancer.

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Freelancing is right for you if you…

  • Like being your own boss and making all kinds of decisions—big and small.
  • Are not afraid to take calculated risks.
  • Learn new things quickly.
  • Are interested in the business side of things (not just your professional skills).
  • Can juggle being the boss, secretary, project manager, and office manager.
  • Are disciplined and can work from home without getting distracted.
  • Don’t mind putting yourself out there to find work.
  • Are creative and able to come up with new and innovative ideas fairly regularly.
  • Enjoy working and aren’t daunted by the idea of working long hours, most days of the month for the first couple of years as a freelancer.
  • Like the idea of working on a variety of different types of projects.
  • Want to develop your skill sets.
  • Are able to work independently.
  • Can create and stick to a budget.
  • Aren’t afraid of failure or rejection.
  • Embrace challenges and see the opportunity in obstacles.
  • Can learn from your mistakes and accept criticism.
  • Are able to recognize your own limitations and outsource or work with others when necessary.
  • Have confidence in yourself and your abilities.


What traits you need to be a freelancer would you add to this list? What questions do you have about being a freelancer? Are you interested in freelancing? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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  1. […] isn’t for everyone, but it IS awesome! If you have the right traits to be a freelancer, it can be an amazing business and lifestyle […]

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