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No one starts out as a freelancer with the plan to quit within a couple of months. But sadly, the thought of a regular salary and health benefits that come with a job is too tempting. It fills a [struggling] freelancer’s head with dreams of stability swaying them to seek out a “real” job. One that includes working in a small office or being permanently employed at a company.
Quitting freelancing is a thought that comes upon almost every freelancer. I had those kind of thoughts too at some point. I don’t know about you. You may be thoroughly enjoying freelancing but someone else reading this post has already decided to thrown in the towel. Let’s explore some of the reasons why freelancers end up quitting.
#1: Bankruptcy Is Drawing Nigh
Part of the reason why you got into freelancing was to meet your financial and basic needs. When your freelancing gig doesn’t help you achieve that, that can be such a put-downer.
This is part of the reason why some freelancers go back to employment, as they are unable to handle the feast and famine nature of freelancing. When it’s famine time, and jobs are in short supply, the small payments simply cannot bank them out of their basic needs.
In short, the freelancer ends up toiling, amassing experience, but not cash. It’s futile. The thought of a regular salary taunts them and soon they seek employment in a lacklustre 8 to 5 job.
See Also: How To Fail In Your Freelancing Business
What to do: Prior to starting out in freelancing, prepare yourself psychologically to work extra hard and to put in longer hours. Bid aggressively on sites like Upwork – believe me there are clients who are ready to pay well for great work. Be creative as well and diversify. You don’t have to solely rely on one set of skill to get you going. There’s a lot you can actually do online.
#2: When Rejections Become the Order of the Day
Freelancers will easily reconsider their source of income if all they ever get are rejections. Rejections lead to uncertainty on the part of the freelancers as they’re unsure of where their future income will come from, which then makes them desperate – both emotionally and financially.
If rejections are what a freelancer only gets on a good day, it is time to seek employment at an 8 to 5. Few freelancers can persevere for far too long in such a scenario without feeling the need to quit.
What to do: Don’t just venture into freelancing without having the necessary skill set to get you through. In my experience, I’ve discovered that people believe that online jobs are for everyone. They aren’t. A freelancer who has, for example, zero listening skills – who can hardly differentiate American from Australian accents – will have a very hard time working as a freelance transcriber. I recommend you get training or perhaps a mentor to guide and mentor you into mastering and growing fully into the skill set you’re good in. Otherwise your lack of skills may very well earn you a string of rejections.
#3: Societal Pressure
There’s astonishing power in societal pressure. And this power can play a key role in discouraging an individual from venturing into freelancing. Peers, relatives and parents alike can exert pressure on a freelancer to seek a “real” job that includes working in an office. Many are the times my relatives have asked me whether I’m still working at my ‘tu-computer jobs’ 😀
Do not allow yourself to be swayed by your friends, relatives, or parents ideas or values. If you do, you’ll certainly quit the lucrative world of freelancing and seek out employment.
What to do: You have to stand your ground and say “NO” to social pressure like you mean it. If your ‘No’ gets rejected, back it up with a positive statement – be repetitive while at it. Learn to believe in your skills and abilities. Freelancing is as pleasing as it is lucrative. Just acquaint yourself with all the ins and outs.
#4: Treating Freelancing Like a Hobby
Freelancing is a real job. Until you start treating it like one, you’ll never make anything significant out of it. You can’t work on your client’s projects when you’re in the mood. Self-motivation and self-discipline are key in this business. Without that, you will eventually seek out employment for that regular [monthly] salary.
What to do: When working in an 8 to 5, you have a dress code and a list of other requirements related with your job. As a freelancer who works from home, equally create the same business conditions and find a working space that is really conducive and make it your office. Make the space tidy. Get all the tools you need (a laptop or PC, Internet connection). Then shut the door and signal to everyone you’re doing something “serious”… because freelancing is a serious business.
#5: Getting Into Freelancing With the Wrong Attitude
‘I’ve heard that freelancing is all the rage and I want to venture into it’
‘ I have so much time on my hands now and I figured I’d try out freelancing’
These are just some of the things I’ve heard from people who want to freelance. And sadly, a couple of them have no idea which freelancing gig they are interested in either.
Don’t become a freelancer because your friend is one or because you have time to spare. Do some research first and then find out which skill set you can bring to the marketplace. Passion goes a long way in helping you not to quit. Most freelancers quit when things don’t work out as easily or as quickly as they had anticipated, for example, they aren’t making the big monies they thought they would within a short time.
What to do: Work on your mindset. Be persistent, determined and decisive even if you’re doing it as a side hustle. Realize that freelancing is not a get-rick quick scheme. It IS a business.
Although it’s not always greener on the freelancing world, the risks and stress should become a motivation rather than being a weight on your shoulders. Freelancing is not for the faint-hearted. Familiarize yourself with all the ins and outs, research various niches, learn the tips and tricks, find a mentor and expert, exercise a healthy amount of patience, frustrate tradition by being creative…. and you’ll surely make it. Don’t just quit. That’s too easy.
Though you may find comfort, array of benefits and a regular salary when working in a JOB, freelancing is equally lucrative and satisfying as well. Ask me.[imagesource]