How To Train Yourself To be a Freelancing Ninja
September 21, 2015
September 21, 2015
Ordinary freelancers get ordinary results. If you are looking for more from your freelancing career and if you are looking to make a six-figure income, “ordinary” won’t cut it.
Strangely, however, it’s not about skill that makes you extra ordinary. It’s about attitude, perspective, outlook, and positivity. You have to operate without a hint of slowing down. You have to start thinking, acting, and living like a ninja.
Here are a few freelancing tips on how you do it:
Know Your Value
It’s easy to get bulldozed by competition. It’s easy to give in to pressure. It’s natural for you to lose track of your own value – the kind of awesomeness you bring to the table.
The trouble is this: if you don’t see value in your own work, no else can. Especially not your client since you’d have difficulty proving yourself, your ability, and how exactly you contribute to their business.
Hustle should be in your blood
You’d keep a certain 2-3 hours each day for hustling, no matter what. Irrespective of how you feel. Get completely anal-retentive about numbers. Hustling is what you should be doing more instead of actually doing freelance work. We know of some freelancers who’d put in 3-4 hours of hustle. Reaching out to agencies, businesses, individuals, startups, and online publications – you name it.
Build a pipeline
All that hustle is good but you’d also need to build a pipeline for the simple reason that not everyone buys from you right away. They have to be ready and when they are, you’ve to be ready for them. Since they’d take their time to analyze and then buy from you, a pipeline is absolutely essential to your freelancing success.
It’s this pipeline that pours cash into your pocket.
Broaden Your Horizons
If you are a freelance writer, you’d end up being a freelance writer with 5, 10, 15 or 20 years of experience if you just did what you did. That’s not a pretty picture since you’d have lost out on the opportunity to do a lot more with your career.
Consider this: digital marketing (all of it) is a writing business at its core – copy, blogs, web content, social media content, ads of all kinds, and more. If you look at it, you could broaden the scope of your services to encompass digital marketing as a skillset too.
You could also look at affiliate marketing, teaching, training, doing your own courses, and more.
See where we are going with this?
Create a community
Present day marketing dictates the need for a community around your products and services. You’d need that buzz, fans, and all kinds of evangelists for these businesses to run and succeed (Apple fan boys?).
Nothing stops you from creating your own community though. With simple to use tools, blogging, social media, and email marketing, you can create a community around your own brand as a freelancer.
Are you a freelancing ninja?