So all the freelancers & consultants out there, have you ever taken up work that doesn’t do complete justice to your abilities? Sadly, a lot of you will nod to this question because as a freelancer, uncertainty and the fear of bleak projects in the future haunts one and all.
To be precise, this is exactly what you are doing wrong as a freelancer. There is definitely a route to success and the first milestone in that route is ‘Knowing your worth’ and demanding for what you deserve. By doing this you are not being uptight, you are not being overconfident, you are not being arrogant and you are not being foolish. Standing by what you deserve is a difficult terrain but once you strongly put your foot down on this, you emerge out honed and empowered as a professional.
Know Your Worth
If you don’t respect yourself as a professional, sadly, nobody will. You might not have demonstrated your worth, but everybody knows their own substance and you surely do know yours as well. Leaves the doubts for the rest of the world to dwell on, you set out to conquer the great heights with belief in yourself and the assurance of your worth.
Learn to say No
This ability pretty much comes naturally with knowing your worth. If you are paid less for the effort you put in or if you are doing menial work as compared to your potential and abilities, then learn to say ‘No’. Let go of the fear of a bleak future, let go of the insecurity that in the future even this work you might not get. Trust us, a lot of success stories around the world have started with a NO, a determination to not settle for anything less than what you deserve.
Give It Your All
Once you know you are on the right path, give it your all. As a freelancer, you have the privilege to work exactly what your are excited and motivated about. Once you are armed with a realization of self worth and the determination to say No to whatever demeans your self worth, give your all to whatever opportunities you can conquer. You rise to your full potential when you decide to vanquish all challenges and work beyond possibilities.
What if you still don’t get what you deserve
Quite scarily, this is very much a possibility that even after encompassing every bit of optimism and energy into achieving what you deserve, you might not get there. There can be many reasons-
- You were not at the right place at the right time.
- You couldn’t sell yourself enough( Yes, selling yourself is a thing in freelancing and there is nothing derogatory about it)
- You don’t know the right people.
- You have to strive too much for opportunities and after that you are left with too little time and energy to do justice to those opportunities.
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