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Personality Traits Freelancers Should Demonstrate

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

“…you must be able to confidently market yourself and your skills to higher power employers on a regular basis.”

Without question, maintaining a freelance career requires a specific type of person and quality compared to traditional nine-to-five job at a steady location. For many, freelancing may not fit. With a freelance career, individuals tackle new challenges with every job, a variety of skill sets are utilized for each gig, and a level of self-reliance and self-motivation is necessary to truly succeed and prosper as a freelance professional. While some of this is true no doubt within a traditional career, there is no arguing that freelancing is a different type of game in the professional world. Individuals who seek a thriving career in a freelance atmosphere will need to exhibit certain characteristics and interests for their professional lives that will set them apart from the traditional careerist. These three traits are attributes that every freelancer should have and know how to properly market to their potential employers:

CONFIDENCE

Of course, confidence is an essential trait for any professional seeking to gain wide success within their profession. However, in many ways, freelancing relies on one’s confidence more heavily than does a traditional profession. Much of freelancing, be it on your own by working from home or through a freelancing company, is about selling your personal services to a potential employer in order to get the job. In this way, you must be able to confidently market yourself and your skills to higher power employers on a regular basis. Freelancing, on principle, is about knowing you have a skill that other professionals need and selling that skill to them in the right way. The confidence you display in your own work and your own abilities plays a key role in obtaining the jobs and assignments you need to become successful as a freelancing professional.

FLEXIBILITY

One of the more defining aspects of a freelance career is the amount of flexibility it requires of an individual. Not surprisingly, this is also the aspect of freelancing that many people struggle with most prominently. Flexibility can be a difficult thing to manage in a demanding professional atmosphere. While some people flourish with flexibility and self-management, others falter and fail. Freelancing jobs tend to allow a significant amount of flexibility. Moreover, freelance professionals need to be prepared to jump from one job to another and should be able to meet varying requirements from different employers. For many individuals new to the world of freelancing, adjusting to flexible and ever-changing work demands can be major challenge. While it may take some amount of practice, many professionals really prosper with the flexibility required of a freelancing career. What flexibility really means in this context is an ability to perform successfully with different requirements and varying expectations.

STRONG COMMUNICATION SKILLS

The ability to communicate with different people through various mediums is an essential trait for most professionals in today’s world. However, freelancers rely more heavily on non-traditional modes of communication than many other professions in the job market. Freelancing professionals have to be able to communicate their thoughts and ideas through verbal communication, text, and in person. More importantly, however, freelancers must also be able to interpret their employers’ requests in various forms of communication. Being able to both read instructions and hear instructions with a level of competency is essential for freelancing. While this may sound like common sense, anyone who has worked within an atmosphere where one individual lacks the ability to communicate using different modes knows that communication is paramount within any agreement. Work hard to always demonstrate your communicative strengths in the professional arena. Write emails that are clear and precise, speak directly over the phone, and demonstrate unambiguous body language when meeting in person with a client or employer.

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This is a cross-post from Creative Agency Freelancing.

Creative Agency Freelancing was started by Mark Bowley, a freelance graphic designer in the UK who has been working for London design and advertising agencies for over 14 years. Creative Agency Freelancing is designed to provide ideas and tips to help professionals who work freelance at design, advertising and marketing agencies.

View more at:
http://www.designtaxi.com/article/101769/Personality-Traits-Freelancers-Should-Demonstrate/

“…you must be able to confidently market yourself and your skills to higher power employers on a regular basis.”

Without question, maintaining a freelance career requires a specific type of person and quality compared to traditional nine-to-fiv…