Knowing what you want to achieve from the start is a process in itself. If you’re a visionary then this won’t be a very big problem for you, but every freelancer gets stuck sometime or another. I have decided to start off 2010 with a article showing you what qualities portrait a successful freelancer and what they keep in mind to be successful. Being successful is what everyone wants isn’t it? I know that is my goal in everything I do and partake in.
Let’s not run around too much and get down to the actual article and let me show you what exactly goes on inside the successful freelancers brain.
On another quick note, sorry for not being around for 2 weeks. I took a little holiday with the family and had a lot of fun but, today is the first day of the working week for me and I am back in the office “New Office.” I am excited for the year and what is to come for the blog and for me in general. Enjoy the article.
The Following list works like this, You need to put a name to the front ex. The Freelancer. or Mark or Jacques, It totally depends on you.
1. Knows what they want to achieve from being in business. Whether that is to achieve a certain lifestyle, or hit a certain financial target within a specified timescale; you need to set objectives to help you measure success; and reward yourself when you reach your targets.
2. Feels comfortable in a leadership role. Not only will you be your own boss, but you will have to guide and direct some clients where appropriate guidance is needed.
3. Is decisive. Now that you are your own boss it will be down to you to make the decisions to ensure your business is a success. Nobody else will ensure important forms are filled in or that clients are chased for overdue payments.
4. Is self-motivated. If you have been used to having a boss breathing down your neck this may be harder than you think.
5. Has thoroughly thought through the financial implications of going at it alone.
6. Has the ability to go from site to site, adapting to the different conditions, the different tools, the different culture, and the different ways of working. Those that aren’t able to do this, will struggle.
7. Has the ability to get on with other people and make new working relationships easily and build on that.
8. Has a willingness to help other people without criticizing their mistakes. Freelancers have a wealth of knowledge of how things are done at different sites, and it can be very useful for both permanent management and permanent employees to be able to tap into this reservoir of knowledge.
9. Has the ability to know when his or her advice is wanted and when it is not. Sometimes, or at some sites, they’ll want your advice about how to do things and sometimes they won’t. A successful freelancer will be sensitive to this, and not try to force unwanted advice on an unwilling audience. If it is clear that they don’t want your advice, just get on with your job or go elsewhere.
10. Is always aware of a potential business at a client’s site. Any problem that the client has is potential new business for the alert contractor. The successful freelancer may even have bid successfully to win pieces of work at various sites, e.g. to run part or all of a project, or to maintain an area of the system they are working on.
11. Looks for his or her own work rather than just lets agencies look for him or her. That way he or she has the opportunity to try out for new business without having a restrictive agency clause in his contract which prevents him approaching the client for new work.
12. Will have taken his or her opportunities to pick up extra bits of work for multiple clients over the years, and, therefore will be fully secure with work even if there is a recession dawning upon us.
13. Will have a database of potential clients, with those he or she has worked with before. He or she will have permission to contact those potential clients every so often, say three months or so, and will do so to keep a designer – client relationship for future work.
14. Will keep potential clients up to date with contact information when it changes, e.g. address, phone number and email address, so that there is never a situation when the client is desperately seeking him for work in an area of the system where he has knowledge, without being able to find him
15. The successful freelancer will have such a good reputation for his or her work, and have such a good rapport with clients that contracts are renewed whenever the client is able, or is contacted again when clients need to have work done on an area of the system where the freelancer has expertise.
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