The world of freelancing isn’t just a dimension where you get to earn some extra cash next to your primary income. It can actually become quite fruitful for your career in several different aspects. Not only do you get a chance to branch out and network with people, as well as to discover more about yourself, you also get to build your skill set and knowledge, and eventually find yourself on the road to self-improvement that you never even imagined was possible by simply venturing out in freelancing.
Here’s how freelancing affects different areas of self-improvement and why it’s good for you and your business.
- You Get Better at Your Profession
As you start working as a freelancer, one of the first things you’ll notice about yourself is that you’re constantly working on super-sizing your skills and abilities. As a freelancer, you get the luxury of choosing the projects you work on and this means you’re going to focus a lot on creating high-quality work, instead of automatically putting out content that doesn’t challenge your skills. Working on multiple projects pushes you to work on your talents and abilities, because in essence, you’re getting paid to do just that.
Obviously, you’re catering to your client’s needs, but at the same time, you’re consistently doing your best to excel at what you do, because you know that you depend on the good word of mouth. That’s why as a freelancer, you always work on keeping your skills sharp and on point.
What does this lead to? This ultimately leads to you being highly skilled but also being able to take on projects that are highly paid and more demanding, thus contributing to the benefit of your own brand.
- You Create a Brand for Yourself
Ah yes, the brand! As you venture out to work on your own, you stop being just another face in a company. You are the company and you are your own brand. Although in the beginning, you might be just an individual seeking out projects, you still have to portray your abilities in the best way possible and sell those abilities to clients. You can’t rely on your boss to send you clients. You have to be the boss and learn how to do it on your own.
When you’re just starting out this means creating an online portfolio that demonstrates your work, expertise, experience and character. Once you dive deeper into freelancing, you realize that you hold the key to your own success, which includes connecting with the right people, and working on the right projects, thus slowly building a name for yourself.
- You Learn to Manage Time Better
Most of the freelancers have a choice when they are going to work. Whether you’re more willing to work during the morning, or late at night, as long as you respect your client’s deadline, you can be as flexible with your time as you want to be. But, the more you get involved with freelancing, you learn how to manage your time better, because you’re trying to earn more by doing multiple projects at the same time.
This requires you to learn discipline, and manage your time and focus appropriately. You’re not restricted to the usual 8-hour shift, yet you still have to think about your needs and your client’s needs and deadlines as well.
- You Start Networking Like a Pro
Networking becomes one of the essential parts of your freelancing career because you know you have to, in order to put your work and portfolio out there. When you’re a freelancer, projects don’t come by easily as they would with a regular 9 to 5 job, unless you’re already an established freelancer who has a great reputation and is frequently recommended by former clients.
In all other cases, you have to learn how to network and seek opportunities for yourself. You improve your networking skills, which usually involves improving the way you communicate with others, how you approach them and negotiate with them, which are all important skills to have if you’re working on getting the best out of your career.
- You Learn to Think Like an Entrepreneur
Working with different clients on various projects, and potentially for different industries forces you connect with many different business people. This means you’re going to connect with people who have different business tactics and strategies, and you get to learn from them. As you do your part of the job, you get to simultaneously learn through their demands and learn about how they build their brand and company.
Whether you’re planning to stay in freelancing for the rest of your life, or build a brand for yourself, you’re going to need strong business skills and knowledge, and there’s no easier way of gaining that knowledge but through learning from others.
- You Discover Your Passion
When working outside of your niche, or trying out different projects and skills, you get to learn a lot about yourself. You get to test out the waters and see what you are really good at. Whether it’s determining which industry you see yourself in, or what particular role you would like to play in that industry, you quickly see what you’re drawn to the most.
Knowing what you’re good at and what really get’s you motivated, is key to building a business in the future. It can mean the difference between doing what you are truly passionate about, or working for a paycheck. As a freelancer, you get to turn your passion into your paycheck.
- Your Attitude Improves
Sitting in a cubicle inside of an ordinary office space, usually means you don’t spend a lot of time trying to pitch your ideas to other people and communicate with potential clients. And the truth is, it get’s quite boring, so you end up feeling frustrated and demotivated. This can influence your attitude, mostly in a negative way. You forget how to stay positive, how to communicate and sell your ideas through being confident, polite and professional.
While as a freelancer, you get to change your attitude. As we mentioned above, you’re your own boss. Technically, you work for clients, but you play the main role in landing the projects. That’s why along the way you learn how to change your negative attitude to a positive one, otherwise you wouldn’t even get a chance to communicate with potential clients and pitch your ideas.
This is one of the essential skills for surviving and thriving in the freelancing world. Once you change your attitude towards people, you’ll see the doors to new opportunities opening to you, with minimal effort. This is definitely not something you’d accomplish sitting in a cubicle surrounded by stacks of paperwork.
The great Ernest Hemingway once said:“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” As you go further down the self-improvement road, thanks to your freelancing career, you’ll find yourself inspired to pursue dreams and goals you never thought you could and would, and that’s the greatest feeling of them all.