Change your mindset to succeed as a freelance professional

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If you’re a freelancer or self-employed, then you know it can be a constant battle to keep your income flowing. To do so, you have to adopt the right mindset. Here are 10 tips on creating that mindset and making sure that you and your income stream remain positive.

  1. Pay attention to your thoughts, particularly when they become negative. Don’t let yourself get roped into the chatter in your head. Find a way to stop negative thinking before it overwhelms you. A simple reminder – like a rubber band on your wrist (ouch) – will bring you back around.
  2. Be grateful for what is going well. Focus on the good by writing about those moments and wins in a daily journal. Positive talk / writing builds on itself.
  3. Hang out with people who are positive and abundant. Surround yourself with positive and successful people. Even talking or emailing them regularly will help.
  4. Give something away from time to time – money, time, talent, etc. Do things for other people, and it will come back to you.
  5. Look at some of your base beliefs. Think about how you were taught about money as a child, and work to make yourself better in those areas that are bringing you down or negatively affecting you.
  6. Look at a loss as an opportunity. A lost job means that you have time for something new, such as focusing on better clients.
  7. Stop being the victim. Don’t keep blaming others – the economy, clients, etc. You attract work and clients, so keep looking for opportunities. Take responsibility for your success and failure.
  8. Stop worrying about money. Do what you enjoy doing first, and pursue what you want to do. Money well come. To help clear your mind, do something else other than work – meditate, read, write, go for a walk, be kind to yourself.
  9. Do the internal work to improve. Take positive action to get better at what you do. Work with a mentor who can guide you and give you a different viewpoint.
  10. Most importantly, love what you do and believe in yourself.

These are all simple yet effective ways to change your approach to making more money as a freelancer. Adjust your way of thinking and things will change.

Bonus tip: This is a must do. Work on finding new clients – using whatever works for you – EVERY DAY. Finding work is a full-time job. Even when you are busy. No, especially when you are busy. Then you can turn down work when there is too much work. And you can drop troublesome or low-paying clients. All you need is a few minutes per day to do one thing – email potential or past clients, respond to ads, send a letter, write a blog post, answer questions on LinkedIn, etc.

Did you like those tips? Do you have any to share? Let me know –

David Gargaro

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