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How Do You Motivate Yourself As A Freelancer?



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How Do You Motivate Yourself As A Freelancer?

I am just wondering how everyone here motivates themselves as freelancers?

Sometimes there won't always be money coming in and it takes time to build up your customer base and your reputation.

I am not a freelancer but I do work for myself so I know that at times it can be quite disheartening when I work so hard and the work I am doing does not necessarily show any immediate results or income.

Thankfully I am now starting to see some incredible results for my years worth of effort, but I wonder how many people quit along the way because it can sometimes take so long to make any money online.

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idealmike

Good question Lynne. For me personally, one way I find motivation and inspiration, is to think about the things I want or need. And then find an image of them them online and then print them off and then stick them to my wall next to me where my work station is located. Right now I have pictures of cars and jet skis (hey I live on the coast!), clothes, shoes, suits and boots, even games and things like that.

I've done that ever since I used to work in a office doing telesales. It was good money, but it was hard going, so to motivate me, I used to cut things out of magazines and newspapers and stick them to my wall where my office desk was located.

It helps if you can see those things, especially when dealing with a difficult customer or taking some stick from someone to just look at them and realize why it is I'm doing this kind of job in the first place!

Fortunately, I don't do that kind of work anymore, and will never go back into the line of work either. Not unless I'm the one that owns the company and doesn't have to make the calls!

But that's just one way that you can motivate yourself to keep on keeping on! How Do You Motivate Yourself As A Freelancer?



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Lynne

Nice one Mike. I first came across this when my older sister cut out a picture of a very fancy car while she was studying for her BCom degree at university. She stuck it up above her study desk. She said every time she was unmotivated she would look at that picture to remind herself of why she was studying.

She is highly successful today, she has her degree, she has a great job that is well paying plus she is also living her dream of being a published author too.

The second time I came across this type of motivational technique was actually in rehab for addiction LOL. We made a dream board, of all the things we wanted in life to motivate us to recover.



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EliteWriter

I try to set a goal, generally for something I would like to buy, or for else an amount I would like to save. I think that having something that you can aim for can help a great deal. There are going to be times when you will not earn that much, but in those cases I suggest bearing in mind that better times will come. Besides, you can always use the periods when sales are a bit low for other tasks which you may have left unattended, such as promotion, affiliates etc.



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Lynne

Great point EliteWriter, I agree with you totally. There will always be times when sales are slow and there are always other tasks to be done at these times that will help in the future.



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Cristian

It is actually the hardest part of being a freelancer, motivation. Not having a real job and or a boss you tend to get lazy and you fail to trust in your own strength.
This is why I don't like to be a full time freelancer, I would probably fell into unmotivation territory after a few years. I need constant activity in my life to keep up the drive.
So yes, this is how I stay motivated, I don't put my eggs into just one basket, I try a lot of different things and I keep my stress levels up, as soon as lower those stress levels, my motivation evaporates.



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Lynne

Cristian thanks for sharing that, yes I know what you mean! I also need to be kept busy and on the move. If I get lazy... well I get lazy lol.



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pauljumbo

Nice tips i motivate myself by thinking long term



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Barida

It's not always easy to make it as a writer considering some issues such as not being able to write when you want as a result of writers block and all that. But the passion to keep writing has been my motivation so far for I don't feel alright when a day passes without I writing some of my thoughts down. So, I try to get better even when things get tough on me.



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Corzhens

I sometimes lose my bearings when I am hit with an unfair rating. But the thought of freelancing as my occupation when I retire from my office job pushes me to go on. It is scary to think that I would be idle when I am out of job a few years from now. At least freelancing can be my occupation despite the low earnings.



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Kakashi2020

I motivate myself by only doing what I like most. I turn down projects which I'm not comfortable with and only do the ones I like. I mean do what you like most and money would follow because when you're doing what you love, you can't be bad at it right? And doing great work would eventually make you an authority in your niche.



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