The Most Important Qualities For Freelancers

Curious what it takes to be a freelancer?

We asked experienced freelancers what they thought the most essential quality was.

And at the end of this blog, thereโ€™s a fun quiz you can take for free to see which of these qualities you have!

Essential Qualities for Freelancers ๐Ÿ‘‡

Esther, Virtual Agency Owner: Persistence. Never give up. The only reason someone else is ahead of you is because they didn't give up. That's IT. So you can't either. Everyone has stuff come up, issues, big problems, etc. The only difference is some people find a way to go on and others choose to throw in the towel early.

Francesca, Content Creator: Discipline. Both for getting work completed before a deadline, and for not raiding the fridge every ten minutes just because you can!

Nicole, Designer and Copywriter: The ability to make sound decisions about the work you take. Most importantly, you have to be able to say 'no' when the timing or pay isn't right. Being clear and consistent with deadlines when speaking to clients is essential. There is nothing more embarrassing than turning something in late (and I've certainly done this).

Josh, Brand Designer: INSANE communication skills. You need to know how to sell yourself, speak to clients, spark excitement in an ideaโ€ฆ and you can multiply all of that tenfold if you're doing it through the internet!

Meltem, Turkish Translator: Self-motivation. You need to constantly remind yourself that youโ€™re the one steering this ship. Youโ€™re not an employee, youโ€™re a boss. You need to keep on top of everything. You need to create more opportunities and be accountable for yourself.

Harmony, Social Media Manager: You need to be able to manage yourself and set boundaries. With no boss looking over your shoulder, you need to make sure that you can stay disciplined and focused on getting tasks done. It takes a bit of practice to get into a rhythm but the independence and flexibility make it worthwhile!


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