5 Things About A Freelancer Mindset You Need To Know

I know that a lot of people usually start out as a VA or freelancer while working a normal 9-5 job. They hustle in their spare time. They juggle two different worlds as they build their business.

I am excited when I see someone choose to pursue freedom through their own business. But, I have seen over and over someone mess things up because of their mindset.

What do I mean?

A paid employee has a specific mindset. As an employee, you don't make most of the decisions where you work. You answer to a boss or manager. You have to follow orders and directions, even if it doesn't make sense.

Things are different for a business owner. When you are the business owner, you are the boss. You make the decisions. You give the orders.

If you are switching from being a paid employee to a business owner, you also have to switch your mindset. I have seen too many freelancers acting as an employee when working with their clients. This sets you up for failure and burnout. To avoid this, you have to start having a freelancer mindset.

Here are 5 things you need to know about a freelancer mindset

  1. Freelancers operate with confidence. They know they are an expert with in demand skills. When you view yourself as the expert, you will have confidence that your views are important. After all, your client hired you to hear your advice. You will need this confidence to state what is best for the client, even if the client doesn't want to hear it.

  2. Freelancers call themselves the boss. Anytime I am talking about myself in business, I refer to myself as the boss. I made a mistake starting out. I referred to a client as my boss. That meant I didn't feel comfortable telling him no or letting him know that something wasn't a good idea. I felt that I had to do whatever he said. And it meant I usually got blamed when things didn't work out.

  3. Freelancers are decisive. You don't wait to make a decision. Instead, you are the expert and know what needs to happen and when. You follow through on your knowledge and do what needs to be done. And yes, you will sometimes have to wait on something from a client. Otherwise, you will make the decisions without waiting for approval.

  4. Freelancers hire and fire. What do I mean? Yes, you put in proposals to clients and hope they accept. But you must realize that you are the one in charge of "hiring" a client. You can also fire a client when things aren't working out. Because a freelancer is the boss, they are the ones who ultimately decide who they work with. As you gain more money and experience, you will also be able to be selective about your clients.

  5. Freelancers own their mistakes. In a job environment, it is easy to get blamed for what you didn't do. But as a freelancer, you are the only one involved. If things are going great, you are the reason. When things go wrong, you are also the reason. You have to be comfortable owning your mistakes and doing what you can to fix them.

I know it will take some effort on your part. You will have to view yourself and what you do in a different way. You may catch yourself defaulting to an employee mindset. You will have to remind yourself you are a business owner many times. You have to commit. If you do this, I promise you will transition to a freelancer mindset.

If you need extra help with this, consider joining my Membership Community for Freelancers and VAs. I will help you get your business setup and help you start earning money right away.

Olga Szakalfreelancer, mindset