Do you feel like your work isn’t good enough? Rates too low because you’re afraid clients won’t pay more? Afraid to contact your dream client because you don’t feel like you’re ready?
I’ve had those feelings before. Most of us have.
It’s natural to feel insecure at times.
As a freelancer you have to live with those feelings and not be afraid to learn from your mistakes.
Let’s take a look at just a few different types of insecurities that trouble freelancers, and how you can switch your perspective to fuel yourself for the better.
Feel free to share your biggest insecurities as a freelancer and how you deal with them in the comments.
“My work isn’t good enough”
I hear this a lot, and I used to feel the same way when I was a student in college.
Even now when I browse the popular page on Dribbble I think about how stunning the work is.
It’s too easy to feel intimidated and not want to showcase your own.
Nowadays, I’ve put those fears aside, because I now know how important it is to share what I’m working on.
That’s something I learned when attending art classes in college: receiving feedback, compliments and honest critiques on not only what they liked, but what they honestly thought.
It’s important to become comfortable enough with yourself to take the feedback you want, and leave the rest.
If the popular entrepreneurs you know of today took all of the negative feedback they received too personally, they would’ve stopped creating and probably killed their career by now.
Recognize a critique worth respecting, vs. a jealousy-driven put-down.
Seeing your work as not good enough is a sign that you take pride in your work and that you expect more from yourself.
This is good.
This is motivation.
Embrace this feeling and be worried if it ever goes away, because that means you’ve plateaued and have begun resting on your laurels.
Find the parts that make you proud, hang on to those and learn from your mistakes. Then move on.
“Competition is too tough”
As freelancers we depend on the work we produce. It’s our income, reputation and creative outlet.
I think it’s safe to say that our primary goal as freelancing individuals is to complete each project well, keep our clients happy, build good rapport, and establish a successful business.
With any career path you choose to go with there will always be competition.
There will always be someone better than you, there will always be someone worse than you.
The important thing is just knowing where you fall in that spectrum, and to KEEP PRODUCING and KEEP SHARING your work.
The magical part is you’ll be able to see yourself improving and moving along the spectrum throughout your life right before your very eyes.
No artist is ever truly 100% happy or satisfied with their work (especially when it’s a collaborative effort and there are other chefs involved in the process).
The world is a big place. Figure out your specific market and work towards providing the best work possible. If your work is truly good enough, then you should have no worries. Happy clients will refer you.
“I’m afraid I’ll lose a client if I charge too much”
I still feel insecure sometimes when I send out a quote for a new project.
“Is it too much? Should I lower the price just to ensure that I get the job?”
It’s a common feeling most of us probably get. (Let me know if you ever feel the same way in the comments below.)
What I tell myself every time I get an insecure feeling about a quote is that my time and work is worth it.
The worst thing you can do is sell yourself short.
It’s also important to mention that you should never be afraid to say “no” when the time calls for it.
Slowly push the envelope as you gain new clients – and also don’t be afraid to let existing clients know that your rates might go up a bit as time goes on.
Inflation is real. We all have bills to pay and personal financial goals we’re working towards.
Be fair and honest with your clients – and 9 times out of 10 they’ll be happy to pay you what your time is worth.
A little fear can help you grow
When fear is viewed in the right perspective, it’s a sign that you need to do something. [tweetable]
What insecurities do you find yourself going through? How do you deal with them or how can we help you deal with them?