Starting (and maintaining) a freelancing career isn’t the easiest of pursuits. A lot of people are drawn to this profession because of the freedom it promises – there’s no set office, and no set hours. They think it means having more time for loved ones and hobbies, yet, depending on the niche, it might be quite the opposite if those bills are in danger of not getting paid. If you’re a freelancer who’s faced frustration after frustration as you set out on your freelancing journey, don’t let those inevitable career hiccups stand in your way!
Lack of Experience
This is something that everyone faces at one time or another in any sort of career, not just freelancing. Ever notice how even some of the most entry-level jobs require experience? It sometimes just doesn’t make any sense! After all, how can you gain experience if you’re not given the opportunity to learn?
So, to get around that, you’re just going to have to start small – sometimes literally if you want to join microtasking sites. If you find yourself applying for job after job and getting the same “not enough experience” response, think about the sorts of jobs you’ve been applying to.
Are you a freelance writer who wants to review movies and television shows? Consider starting your own blog dedicated to that topic, post regularly and originally, and gain a following before you post to large media sites.
Do you want to be a freelance editor? Take some courses, be they online or in person at a local community college, to keep current with trends and confidently complete application-related tests. Whatever your freelancing niche is, learn so much about it that you become as much of an expert as possible – potential employers can’t help but take notice.
Not Fast Enough
You’ve probably come across freelance job postings – particularly when it comes to transcription – that require a minimum typing speed. Or, perhaps you’re interested in other freelancing niches, but notice that to make any real money, you’d have to complete a lot of work in a short amount of time. You try and try, yet you never quite get there…
It’s better to do a good job at a more moderate pace, than a poor job quickly. Yes, if you’re a transcriptionist, you’re going to need to be able to type briskly. Yet, even the most experienced transcriptionists stumble when many of the audio files they get are laden with heavy accents or poor audio quality. Understand that sometimes, potential employers just have unrealistic expectations.
Tip: check out my blog post, “How to Increase Typing Speeds as a Freelancer” for more information.
Too Much or Too Little
The thing that gets many freelancers discouraged is that this is, indeed, a very unpredictable career – especially for those who are coming from salaried jobs during specific days and times. There could be lots of work with good pay, or lots of work with bad pay, or too little work, or one well-paying gig that’ll only last so long and you’ll have to live off of whatever you earn from that until you something else…you get the idea.
If you find this aspect of freelancing is really wearing on your productivity and overall wellbeing, consider making a salaried job, be that full or part-time, your priority until you feel more secure financially. I’ve written other blog posts about these topics that you might find helpful:
- “Advice for Freelancers Facing Financial Problems”
- “How to Manage Freelancing Stress”
- “Time Management for the Freelancer’s Workday”
- “How Freelancers Can Become Better Multitaskers”
Whether you decide to supplement your income with freelancing, or choose to make it a full-time career, taking a positive approach will make things so much easier for you. As you continue on this path, you’ll notice that it’s a real character-builder; you’ll be more versatile, too. Embrace these aspects, persevere, and before you know it, you’ll have overcome all your freelancing obstacles.
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