What were your favorite mindset tips you have received so far? It could be freelance writing mindset tips or anything about life, relationship, love, faith, hope, etc.
Write it down on a piece of paper and let’s see if it somehow relates to whatever I will discuss in this blog.
In the freelance writing industry, you will encounter a lot of competitors and obstacles throughout your journey. This is just similar to any other industry or business.
Nothing in this world comes easy. However, I’d like to let you know that there is one biggest competitor that you need to defeat first before thinking about anything else.
I believe you’ll not feel surprised, or will you?
So who is your biggest competitor in this freelance writing industry?
“It’s Y-O-U!” (I wish there’s a code to slowly reveal this word but anyway, there you go, lol!)
Yes, you are your own biggest competitor in any aspect of your life.
What you think about yourself has a huge impact on your career. That voice from within is too powerful it can make you or break you.
I almost gave up on my freelance writing career due to lack of self-confidence. The drive to take action was there but every time I fail, I would feel so down that I get reminded of a past experience that made me believe that I am not good enough.
I was once trapped in an abusive relationship which badly affected my inner self but I am glad to share that I’m already out of that dark season of my life.
Well, picking up my pieces and putting it back together again wasn’t easy. But I don’t have a choice to make excuses so I was able to get back my confidence and choose to continue thriving with my freelance writing career.
Whatever it is that is pulling you back from doing something today, I believe that you can overcome it, too.
In this blog, I will be sharing with you simple mindset tips that you can use for your freelance writing journey. My goal is to help you feel confident by having the right mindset.
2 Ways to Earn Money as a Freelance Writer
To start with, let me share the two ways that you can earn as a freelance writer because these are somehow related to our topic.
Be an employee to a company or business
Parang corporate work set up siya only that you will work from home (pero parang normal na din ito ngayong pandemic) You will work based on the orders of your client. There are also instances that your work hours are based on their timezone and you get paid based on the number of hours rendered.
You can also be paid on a per project basis based on how much you and your client agreed with.
Be an entrepreneur
Just like typical entrepreneurs, you will be managing a business and will be providing solutions to individuals or companies. You can work at your pace at the comfort of your home or anywhere as long as there is internet connection and computer or laptop. You set your own rates based on the value and results you can provide to your clients. Sounds more exciting, right?
So which do you prefer? Would you rather be an employee or serve as an entrepreneur?
Whichever you choose, I hope that the insights shared below could at least gear you so that you can win over your biggest competitor. . . . .
EMPLOYEE Mindset vs ENTREPRENEUR Mindset
You are most likely in an employee mindset status if your thoughts are similar to these:
“I love my work because this is my bread and butter.”
“This is where I get money to pay my bills and necessities so I need to love my work.
“I want to work inside the social services department because I want to help the poor”
“I have to work hard because I need to save money.
You think like an entrepreneur if you say:
“My focus would be to provide solutions and help businesses with their problem through my proven offer.”
“I want to help the poor so I have to help myself first so I can have something to give.”
“I will earn more money so I can invest.”
Aside from these two, there are other kinds of mindset that I would SUPER love to share with you because I believe it could help you in your journey.
Growth is a never ending progress in any aspect of our lives.
As most people say, “poor mindset” is a tendency to have a “know-it-all” attitude. They refuse to invest time in learning and expanding their knowledge.
On the other hand, people with a “growth or rich mindset” usually have the drive to constantly learn new things. They build a habit of reading books, mastering their craft and are always willing to improve their skills.
Growth is intentional. If you think you don’t have this type of mindset yet, you can start by building your own “growth habit” now.
DID YOU KNOW?
John Grisham’s first novel was made by writing at least 1 page of his book every single day. His first novel was published only after several years but even so, at least he DID IT.
You see, achieving progress is a daily commitment. As most people say, “It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you do not stop.”
Personally, I consume at least 4 hours of my day to learn new things. I always find time to read, watch, listen to helpful contents and think of new ideas to improve as a person (mom, wife, sister, friend, mentor, daughter). Also, I always make sure that I expand my skills related to my craft so I can serve my clients better.
If you are willing to grow, make it a habit to constantly learn new ideas every single day. This way, you improve yourself and your character.
As the cliche goes, “Money is the root of all evil.’’
But, your mindset about money affects your decision making.
Some people also believe that “Lack of money is the root of all evil”. However, you can’t justify your wrong actions because of this.
If you have a good money mindset, you are most likely willing and able to do something to earn it and give back to others. Having a positive perception about money makes you feel more comfortable, humble and confident.
In the freelance writing context, there will be instances wherein you feel uneasy to charge your clients with high rates. If you feel this way, let me tell you this.
If you are confident with the value of service and results you provide to your client, there is no reason for you not to charge them with rates that you deserve. They are grateful for your service because you helped them solve their problem.
Here’s a tip: Don’t make earning money as your main goal. Because if you won’t get the rate that you want, you might just feel unworthy. Instead, focus on how you could help your clients so that they will feel happy. Money and premium rates will follow.
Self-doubt and lack of confidence are mostly results of past experiences. These are common emotions that most people would feel. Sometimes, you also feel this because you’re not getting the support from the people around you.
For some people, it could be due to Xenophobia or Fear of the Unknown. It’s in this state when you would usually think like “I’m not an expert.”, “I am only a beginner.” or “What if they won’t like my work?”
Guess what? Whatever you think about yourself is what also becomes visible with your actions. Always be your own ally.
Being afraid of rejections is normal. If you’re afraid to get out of your comfort zone, that is okay. But staying in the same realm for too long is already a choice.
A lot of successful people have also experienced rejections and self doubt. They also had fears but they were able to get through it. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be the best version of themselves today.
DID YOU KNOW?
Paulo Coelho - author of the best known novel “Alchemist” has also experienced rejections.
During his first book launch, he only got 1 book sale. Many years after, he is now one of the best selling authors in the world.
Why am I sharing this? Because I want you to feel that you’re not alone. You are not the first and only person with self doubt and lack of confidence so, please, never ever stop in that phase or chapter. Never allow self doubt to hold you back from achieving your goals in being a freelance writer.
Embrace your own flaws and shortcomings. Look at the skills that you don’t feel so confident about. From there, find a way to improve and master your craft so you can be at your best. Never be afraid to try, get rejected and grow by learning.
REMINDER: Freelance Writing Mindset Tips
Once you know what you’re doing, you can offer your service in a more confident way. If you know the value of service that you present to the table, you won’t be afraid to pitch to your ideal client.
Think of it this way, once you become confident, you’ll get more clients. When you get more clients, you’ll get more income. It’s always your win.
CONCLUSION: Keep Learning and Keep Growing
There is no better way to win over your negative thoughts than to keep growing and learning about your industry.
Research about your niche and your target readers often so that you know how to approach them.
Now that you already know some of the positive mindset that you should have, I have a challenge for you.
Are you in?
Okay, here we go. .
Get out of your comfort zone NOW. Start reaching out to your ideal clients NOW. If you get rejected, it’s okay. Just try again.
Like most people say, “You will never know unless you try.”
Believe in yourself. The fact that you are reading this right now means you are taking this freelance writing career seriously. And for that – I am proud of you.
I hope you’re able to get positive thoughts and tips from this blog.
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