In 2015, Freelancers Union and Upwork released a new study revealing insights into the almost 54 million people freelancing in America.
From their key findings, one in three Americans is freelancing, the majority (60%) of freelancers who left traditional employment now earn more, freelancing is seen as a positive step not only for professionals, but also for the economy.
The above findings typically show that freelancing is a widely accepted job in America. However, the situation could be a little different in some other climes where freelancers are still widely perceived as having no job.
Mary Novaria narrated how her friend thinks she doesn’t work because she’s a writer. But unknown to many people, freelancing is one of the most engaging jobs, which is no less prestigious than other regular 9-5 jobs.
Sadly enough, some clients even treat freelancers as they would their employees. For crying out loud, this isn’t a client/boss relationship, rather it should be seen as a professional partnership and all parties must respect that.
To be frank, freelance writers do not owe people an explanation on how they manage to make money working from home doing some creative stuff. However, the onus is on you to create a strong self-image for yourself and give people (including your clients) enough reasons to respect your craft.
Here are 3 ways you can improve your self-image and stamp your authority as a freelance writer
1. Be proud of your job
If you’re a freelancer, yet you’re not proud to say so, then it’s either that’s not your passion or you’re feeling inferior. Like Frank Sonnenberg said: “if you’re not proud of what you do, you’re not done.”
Firstly, you must identify what you have passion for and start pursuing it. If your passion isn’t writing, then look elsewhere because writing requires an overdose of confidence encapsulated in passion.
Secondly, inferiority complex creates a feeling of inadequacy, and so it affects your self-image. The first step in combatting inferiority complex is to stop being inferior. Rather start working to improve your writing skills, and also intensify your marketing efforts so that you can get more clients.
2. Create a personal brand
One of the best ways to create a personal brand is to operate as a corporate entity by registering a company. Forming a limited company moves you a step higher because it allows you to build credibility.
Having your own company allows you to have a unique company name, a registered office address, a domain name and other required printed documents. This move will naturally improve your worth when you’re interacting with clients and members of the public.
Other strategies that could enhance your personal brand include building relationships and networks, creating visual content to engage your audience, promoting your business on different media channels, and creating an online presence through your writer website or blog.
3. Be professional
Being professional with your job creates vast acres of opportunities for you, thus allowing you to grow rapidly. In fact, it’s one of the strongest selling points of successful writers. Not only does it help to improve your self-image, it also helps to multiply your income.
For a freelance writer, professionalism involves providing premium services, following up with previous clients and their projects, consistently creating top-notch contents and meeting up with deadlines.
These are proven strategies for creating a positive self-image about your job. In the end, you’ll realize that you have one of the best jobs in the world; but you only need to own up to that.