This is the second of four end-the-year-with-a-shebang posts to help freelancers start and manage their own freelancing business, to give them actionable tips on how to step out of the employee mindset and become the freelancer they aspire to be. If you’re new, check out the first post in the series, Change Your Mindset.
Last week, I challenged you to change your mindset from that of an online employee to a freelancer.
More than just a motivational boost to your self-esteem, the reason is that the online employee mindset is flawed in the context of freelancing. It leads you to commit a mistake that hinders you from finding your ideal clients and landing worthwhile projects.
You may not know it, but you might be making this mistake as well. And I understand you, because it took me a while to realize what I was doing wrong till later in my freelancing career. When I did, my reject rate went down significantly—by 50% if I’m to pin a number on it.
For this week, let’s identify this mistake and correct it. It’s going to be difficult for some, since it means taking the classic employer-employee hierarchy in your hands and turning it upside down.
It’s time to change your approach. Completely.