Freelance In 40 Days [Day 40]: Congratulations, You Made It

Posted: December 12th, 2009

Photo by Stephen Poff (Flickr)

Photo by Stephen Poff (Flickr)

This is Day 40 of the Freelance in 40 Days series where you’ll learn to freelance just by taking it one day and one task at a time. Today is the final day so congratulations on making it through. Here are a few parting words of wisdom.

Well, you either read ahead or you finally reached the last day of this tutorial. If you made it all the way through then hats off to you. I sincerely hope you found this tutorial useful and I wish you the best of luck in the freelance career ahead of you.

And now some parting words.

Work Hard

Nothing replaces hard work in whatever you do. Sure, freelancers are given every ample opportunity to goof off whenever they feel like it. You won’t grow as a freelancer nor as a business, however, without putting in the time. Taking from a quote I like to refer to once in a while:

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”
– Newt Gingrich

If you envision yourself as a successful freelancer with your ideal six-figure income, it doesn’t happen by working only a few hours a day. It takes burning the candle on both ends, some sleepless nights and a little patience. The spoils will eventually come to you.

Have Faith

Freelancing will test your will and ability to confront obstacles in your path. Believe me, you’ll have times where you second guess yourself and wonder if you can continue on.

Challenges you face in freelancing are all a part of the learning curve, so the best thing to do is to just get used to it. They also teach us lessons we may never have learned by being an employee at a job. Lessons that we need in order to work on our own.

Having faith that your career will be a successful and prosperous one, even in the difficult times, will help reassure you overcome those challenges.

Never Stop Improving or Learning

You may be good at what you do but, remember, there are always others out there that are better. Keeping this in the back of your head is enough reason to set aside some time everyday to learn something new to eventually be in the upper echelon of those “others” up there.

Besides, the work we do evolves over time and we need to keep up with those changes for our services to be marketable for years down the road. So never stop asking yourself, “How can I do my work better?”

Give Me Some Feedback, Man

If you found the Freelance In 40 Days tutorial helpful or you noticed some ways it could be improved, feel free to enter in a comment. Each one gets read and, time pending, will be responded to.

Cheers and Happy Freelancing.

Johnny Spence

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