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5 Personal Qualities Essential to the Freelance Life

 

If you’re restless in your day job and have been casting around for a new challenge in your career, then it might have occurred to you that the freelance life has much to offer. Flexible hours, the freedom to pick and choose your projects, and the satisfaction of knowing that you’ll be the sole reaper of the rewards your efforts will bring, are all powerful and attractive benefits.

However, not everyone has what it takes to make a success of freelancing, as a particular set of personal characteristics is required. Are you cut out to be a freelancer? If you possess these five qualities then the answer could be yes.

Motivation

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Freelancers have no one to lead them by the hand or push them into action. They need to be self-starters, able to motivate themselves into getting work done on time, on budget, and up to standard. Successful freelancers must rely on self-discipline to apply themselves without external influences.

Initiative

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However, the motivation and discipline to deal with a heavy workload isn’t the full story. A freelancer who isn’t able to drum up business won’t have a workload to motivate themselves for, and initiative needs to be used to fill the calendar with paying projects. The best freelancers see possibilities everywhere they look, and have the drive to follow up on these ideas and seize their opportunities.

Creativity

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Most fields that freelancers are able to make a living in, tend to be competitive; to make an impression and stand out from the crowd, a freelance contractor needs to offer something different. Whether this involves coming up with a new angle that has a novel benefit to a client or having the ability to develop innovative and efficient working methods to increase productivity, creativity is an essential aspect of most freelance careers.

Dependability

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Word spreads fast in the business world. Let down a client, and the work will soon start to dry up. Freelancers need to deliver on their promises, meet their deadlines, and provide outstanding service for their clients. Freelancers have no one to hide behind and no one to make excuses for them.

Self-Confidence

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Finally, and perhaps most importantly, freelancers need to believe in the quality of their work and in their value as a contractor. After all, if a freelancer doesn’t have self-confidence, how will they convince a client to hire them? Furthermore, because rejections and setbacks are an inevitable part of independent working, a freelancer needs to have the self-confidence to bounce back from adversity, putting difficult clients or disappointing projects behind them.

The freelance lifestyle isn’t an easy fit for every character. You should not only be creative, you must also be motivated and willing to show initiative, as well as dependable and self-assured. If you have all or most of these qualities, you have a great chance of forging a successful and profitable career working for yourself.

5 Ways To Boost Your Creative Flow When Working From Home

When you work in an office and a manager oversees your work and keeps the production flowing, creativity comes easily. This type of management allows you the luxury of doing your assigned job and go home. If you are a self-employed individual, however, you are responsible for maintaining your creative flow.

Many self-employed people have their own office spaces to go to every day. Their creativity usually stems from social interaction. If you’re working from home with little client interaction, creative flow can become a problem. Although it helps focus your creativity, isolation quickly becomes an issue without proper self-management.

How do you maintain your creative drive while working from home?

1.  Expand Your Skills

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Someone who designs jewelry, for example, will use a set of techniques and materials on a regular basis. At some point, those designs and skills will become stale to them and their customers. The moment they lose interest, their work starts to suffer and find it harder to continue. This is true of any skill that loses its appeal.

When you find yourself doing the same thing over and over again, try changing it up by learning new skills. Grab a technique book or take an online course or local class that adds to your existing skills. You will boost your creativity, even if you never incorporate them into your repertoire.

2. Explore Your Counterparts

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Regardless of what type of creative work you engage in, there are others out there doing the same thing. And given today’s social media reach, it is relatively easy to connect with them. You can gain a lot of inspiration, tips and much more by talking to other people who understand you.

If you paint, visit a local gallery. If you are a photographer, you may find local photos hanging in the halls of your city’s art university. You can stop by a local photography studio or camera shop and talk with the owner. Writers can drop in on a local book signing or join writing get-togethers. Conversely, a jewelry designer can visit area boutiques or small businesses for inspiration.

There are always places you can go where you can meet up with others who share your passion for your art. Apart from helping your creativity, social interactions are also beneficial to your overall health and well-being.

3. Take a Break

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Creativity is a fickle mistress and the harder you try, the more elusive it becomes. That’s why it’s better to take breaks away from your creations. This is more effective when you already know what motivates you. If you are a fan of music, find a place to listen to good live music. If you like sports, go to a sporting event, even if it is a kid’s baseball game in the middle of the afternoon.  

Since you work for yourself, you are not constrained by a boss that expects you to churn out a product. Breaks help you detach from the task and regroup your thought process. Often the greatest flashes of inspiration happen when you are operating subconsciously. Taking your mind off work might be the best thing for your project.

4. Solve Puzzles and Challenges

 

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The mind is a muscle just like your heart, and as your heart, it needs exercise.  Studies have indicated that solving puzzles or challenges keep the brain from aging. While most of these studies are still in their infancy, it’s not surprising that brain stimulation is so important. After all, creative people thrive on puzzles and challenges.

Even a few minutes of penciling in the answers to a crossword puzzle or filling in a Sudoku puzzle can give the brain a place to relax and recenter. If you find yourself stalled on a project, grab a word search puzzle and start looking for words. You’ll be exercising your brain and increasing future productivity all at the same time.

5. Engage in physical activity

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An artist can spend hours in one spot working on a painting or a specific design. All that time spent in one place can take a toll on the body and the mind. A tired mind can no longer find the motivation needed to finish a project or start a new one. It needs to be refreshed.

Physical activity keeps the body healthy while letting the brain rest and energise. The Alzheimer’s Association suggests that staying in shape reduces the risk of mental illness. Besides, what better way to boost your creativity than a few miles down the local trail or a dip in the pool or ocean?

If you are not fond of the gym, you can take a walk and admire the sights or jump on your bicycle and ride around the city. The point is to get the body moving and let the brain rest.

When you find yourself stuck in the middle of a project, your brain may just need a diversion to rejuvenate. These suggestions will help you get back to your creative state. They’ll also help your physical and mental health.

What is your favourite thing to do when you lack the creative state to get the job done? Tell us in the comment section below.

Help Inky for a Chance to Win the New Bundle

Hey, guys! Inky is preparing something awesome for you. We’re working on a fresh bundle of cool design resources for you all.

Here comes the surprise: Help Inky name the new bundle and you can get it for FREE! Yes, all of it!

How it works 

Think about a creative and cool name for the resources and post it in the comment section below. Thursday on 25th of June we will choose the best name for the bundle and the lucky winner will get the resources for FREE.

What’s in the bundle

Need a hint? Here’s what’s in it:

– 21 After Effects Animations

– 5 Pro Fonts with Special Characters

– 350 Illustrations

– 30 Adobe Lightroom Effects

– 20 Adobe Photoshop Actions

– 50 Hi-Res Stock photos

– 28 Texture Overlays

– 198 Typography Presets – Fonts included

– A Huge Pack of Vector Clip Art

– 20 Stock Footage

Good luck, and may the creativity be on your side!

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We’re looking forward to seeing the names, so go ahead and post it in the comment section below.