Successful Freelancing Attitude
Image courtesy duron 123, freedigitalphotos.net
When I was growing up, there was a saying that people used, often when they were trying to succeed at something that they’d never done before. “Fake it ’til you make it.” Basically, it means that you do what you have to do to become successful, keeping an attitude of “I can’t lose” while you do it.
Freelancing is, in my opinion, a lot like that. I jumped in with both feet after basically only ever writing for content mills and, way back in the day, Ehow, before it was under Demand Media’s umbrella. Basically, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but I could write fairly well, so I started learning on the job.
It almost didn’t work for me, because although I knew I could figure out how to do the work, I didn’t know how to value myself as a writer. I undercharged, and probably missed out on some good work because marketers knew that I was afraid to value myself at my true worth. Let’s face it, if you lack confidence in yourself, why on earth would someone else have any confidence in you?
I still struggle with this, and only started charging more for my services recently. I’m going out on a limb here, and admitting that I still have a problem valuing myself, though not necessarily as a freelancer.
I recently started a PLR store, and was so proud of myself for getting a few packs of articles up on it. I even figured out how to set up a shopping cart and accept orders. I just *knew* that this was going to be my big break, my first big success outside of freelancing. Hey, I’ll admit, I don’t want to provide a service my whole life! I was so excited, I put up a special pack on JVZoo for the princely sum of $7 for just over ten pages of PLR content.
I launched the pack, waiting for the sales to roll in. Nothing happened. I could practically hear crickets chirping when I visited my seller dashboard. I felt like such a failure.
I lowered the price, and tweeted about it, thinking someone would want my super-cheap PLR pack. Nada. Zip. Zilch.
Oh, my feelings were hurt. I doubted my skills, especially when I saw all these other PLR providers making a killing on their products. I thought about quitting for a half-of-a-second, but then I realized something.
Just because I haven’t been successful yet, doesn’t mean I won’t be successful later. There’s still potential, I just have to find out how to tap it.
If you are struggling to make money online, whether it’s with your freelance writing, your self-publishing, or whatever you are doing, don’t give up. It feels so hard now, but, I promise, with time, you’ll find your way. I’m confident that this is true for me, too.
I’ll tell you what. When you’re struggling, come here, and read my posts. Or email me. We’ll figure this out together, okay?
It is all about having the right frame of mind, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it alone.
Is there something you’re struggling with, or succeeding with, that you’d like to share here? It’s a no-judgment zone, so feel free to share. 🙂