Do you ever wonder if you can make it as a freelancer?
I mean, are you afraid to leave your full-time job even if you hate it to pursue the freelance lifestyle?
There’s nothing wrong with a full-time day job (I have one), but many designers choose to stay at a dead-end job despite their intense desire to branch out on their own and start freelancing.
So what keeps them from reaching for their dreams?
Almost always, it’s the same answer: fear.
They’re afraid they may not be able to make it as a freelancer.
They’re afraid they won’t be able to pay the bills.
They’re afraid they’ll fail.
If you fit into this category, cheer up my friend, because today I want to share with you 10 signs you’re going to be a great freelance designer. If I left any out, please add them to the list by leaving a comment!
1. You’re persistent.
The first sign you’re going to be a great freelancer is that you’re persistent. You don’t give up when times get tough. Because, believe me, times get tough quite often (especially in the beginning) when you’re a freelancer.
But if you can push through hard times, it totally pays off!
2. You’re optimistic.
There’s almost no trait more attractive in business than optimism. When clients come to you with “brilliant ideas,” are you the type of person that shuts them down right away telling them all the reasons it will never work? Or do you optimistically give their ideas a chance?
3. You’re friendly.
When a client is searching for a freelancer or a temporary hire they want someone who they can get along with for the duration of the project.
Even if you’re an amazing designer who produces killer results, no client will want to work with you if you’re upset, angry and rude all the time.
4. You understand finances.
One thing many designers don’t think about when they’re getting ready to make the switch to freelancing is that they have to understand finances.
A business that doesn’t make money can’t stay in business for very long. So learn the ins and outs of finances and what it takes to run a profitable business before you decide to take the jump and you’ll be just fine.
5. You’re humble.
There will be many days during your time as a freelance designer where clients will fight to the death on their opinion. If you can determine the right moment to stand up for your design decisions and the right moment to eat some humble pie and accept your clients’ opinion, you’ll be better off in the long run.
6. You’re a problem-solver.
Lastly, a good freelance designer is a problem-solver. Not only do you need to solve problems for your clients, but you’ll also need to solve problems for your own freelance business. If you’re short on cash for the month, how do you solve that? Find ways to generate passive income? Find more clients? Outsource some of your business tasks? Partner with another designer?
If you’ve got most of the traits listed above, stop putting off the switch to freelancing. Make the change today and start living the rest of your life!
Anyone with the traits I’ve listed above that I’ve seen make the switch to freelancing have been successful…and I’m sure you can too!
What did I leave off the list?
What other signs show that someone is going to be a successful freelance designer? Add to the list by leaving a comment on this post!