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.
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.
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.