revenue freelancer

Why is your freelance business not taking off or making progress? What is really holding it up or slowing it down? What’s happening?

Well, there are actually several things you may not be aware of that are probably preventing you from bringing your business to the next level.

No matter if you are about to start, just started or have been in the freelance world for a few years already, there often are common mistakes we all make when going freelance. The following ones are just a few of them that could help you understand why you’re stagnating.

  • You spread yourself too thin

In other words you’re testing/trying out too many leverages at a time and you’re not entirely focused on 1 great leverage at a time.

ideas freelancer

That is the case of freelancers who generally switch from one idea to the other very quickly without getting to the bottom of them and fully completing their tasks.

“Shall I try to webinar in order to promote my products and services? No actually I’m going to do a full product launch promotion. Or maybe a video should be sufficient? No in fact I m gonna do this and that etc.”

Always focus on one thing at a time.

focus freelance

And as long as you have not generated decent results, keep on improving your program or marketing initiative in order to exploit the full potential of it. If you are using a smart leverage or marketing techniques that is matching your business, results always come at some point.

 

  • You don’t take responsibility for selling

wolf of wall street freelancerThere are many, countless people who want to go freelance or become an entrepreneur and who actually are afraid when they have to sell either themselves – their expertise/services – or their products.

The impostor’s syndrome is well known among freelancers, especially starting ones: you feel like you do not deserve revenue from others or you do not consider yourself as credible/legitimate enough to sell and collect money from your customers.

Consequently, you consciously or unconsciously set up self-justification and sabotage patterns that finally lead you to situations where you just postpone more and more the moment you have to sell and even avoid it in the most extreme cases.

Well, the truth is that, especially in the freelancer’s world, there is no such thing as “deserving”. This is a beautiful but intimately wrong concept with which we have all been brainwashed during our time at school, companies and probably even within our own family/throughout our education, but when the rain falls, it just falls on everybody and does not distinguish the ones who deserve it from the ones who do not.

rain money freelance

Don’t get me wrong! 🙂 I’m not saying here that you should be ready to sell whatever at any price and do not care about anything, whether this your customers’ expectations or the value of your products/services. No.

What we’re highlighting here is that to have the proper freelancer’s mindset you should not ask yourself too many questions about deserving or not deserving it because this is by nature extremely relative to everyone and we live in world made of 7 billion of individuals who all have their own opinions, values and relationship with money.

Now ask yourself the following: what is the difference between a freelancer A and a freelancer B who sell exactly the same service but one is charging 500 euros and the other 1000 euros? None. No difference at all. Do they both deserve what they earn?

What Really matters in the end is the (high) satisfaction of your customers and how you have helped him/her solve critical business challenges. A price is just a price and all ideas around it should not block you from selling at the rate you think you are entitled to.

So do not restrain yourself too much because of preconceived ideas and work on your unconscious patterns by facing and getting over them in order to get the results You wish.

Because as long as you’re making your customers happy, you deserve it! 🙂

 

  • Your prices/rates are too low

cheap freelancerAre you cheap?

If you’re selling just cheap products or services – a few dozens of euros – then you obviously have to sell hundreds, even thousands of them to generate a solid turnover that will enable you to live from your freelance business revenues.

That’s why you really need to (also) sell high-value and expensive services.

  • Your promises are not specific enough

freelancer offer

Which business challenges are you solving for your customers precisely? How are you really helping them? Where do you want to bring them?

The broader your services are the more they could be relevant for anybody, and ultimately to no one.

This is why you really need to be as specific and accurate as possible to talk to an audience that you know well and that is facing challenges you can handle and solve.

The more specific you get, the deeper your expertise will be.

 

  • You do not highlight your customers success

customer satisfaction freelanceA lot of freelancers who generate nice results do not ask for stories/reviews from their customers.

If your customers are highly satisfied and you truly helped them transform their business, the first thing you have to do once you have fully completed your mission is to ask them for a review – preferably a short video even though a text can be fine – in exchange of another product/service, a gift, discount etc.

You really have to get used to collecting positive reviews of your customers because this is what will convince the next ones to work with you.

So every time a customer who has worked with you is telling you how satisfied he’s been to work with you, just simply ask for a short video footage from them in exchange of anything from you. This will definitely improve your conversion rates and help them sell you more.

 

  • You’re not investing enough in your self-training

training for freelancers

If you think having been educated and trained for a few years is enough to get the best out of your freelance business, you’re mistaken.

Most successful entrepreneurs never stop learning and pay the high price to do so.

There’s no limit to learning. So if you want to keep evolving and improving you have to train yourself continuously.

You could do it through books, seminars, online trainings, conferences etc. What matters is that you get new skills and broader knowledge out of it.

 

  • You’re listening to the wrong persons

half full half empty freelance

As a (starting) freelancer you have certainly have had doubts about yourself, your skills, idea or your ability to manage your own business.

Negative people always worsen those doubts that are already hard to face and to accept.

And they do it for any reason: because they are afraid, or jealous, or pessimistic, or maybe because they just do not trust in you or they do not want to see you happy or successful or probably some of them do not want you to take too many risks to somehow protect you etc.

Whatever the reason is, the people telling you that you can’t do it have never done it themselves. And they will probably never create or manage their own business.

Now this is not essential for you to understand how those people think and whether they are right or wrong. What matters is not to attach yourself to their unfounded opinions, limiting thoughts and beliefs and especially to avoid them or to avoid that particular subject with them because they are toxic for you.

Again, no one, absolutely no one can tell whether you’re going to be able to live from the results your freelance business generates. If you truly want it, it will happen at some point even though you have to fail a few times and learn from your mistakes.

Because your will and motivation are your most crucial character traits as a freelancer, you’d rather listen to people who are already generating results and who have a lot more to teach you because they are the ones who truly know what it’s like to manage your business as a freelancer.

So keep getting inspired from the most successful ones and let negative people where they are 🙂

 

  • You’re afraid of investing your own money

investment freelance

If the fact of investing in equipment, training or whatever that needs you to spend some of your money is hard and painful for you, it eventually leads you to fear and paralysis.

If you are in this situation, you will notice that this behavior pattern has prevented you many times from taking action and moving forward.

Being afraid of failing and wasting your money is just an unconscious pattern you have to work on. Of course this does not mean you have to take undue risks all the time but you need to get over those obstacles and significantly change your relationship with money if you want to be able to move forward.

Remember that money is just a means, it is never the end.

euros freelancer

This is purely an energy and just like all other energies it flows and comes back and forth. Isn’t it why we even call it “liquidity” or “cash flow”? So to receive some remember that you need to give some.

What about You now? Is your freelance business skyrocketing or do you share this feeling with lots of freelancers that you are stagnating and that you could be doing much better?

freelancer business growth

And do you see any other major brake to the growth of your business and your success?

revenue freelancer

Why is your freelance business not taking off or making progress? What is really holding it up or slowing it down? What’s happening?

Well, there are actually several things you may not be aware of that are probably preventing you from bringing your business to the next level.

No matter if you are about to start, just started or have been in the freelance world for a few years already, there often are common mistakes we all make when going freelance. The following ones are just a few of them that could help you understand why you’re stagnating.

  • You spread yourself too thin

In other words you’re testing/trying out too many leverages at a time and you’re not entirely focused on 1 great leverage at a time.

ideas freelancer

That is the case of freelancers who generally switch from one idea to the other very quickly without getting to the bottom of them and fully completing their tasks.

“Shall I try to webinar in order to promote my products and services? No actually I’m going to do a full product launch promotion. Or maybe a video should be sufficient? No in fact I m gonna do this and that etc.”

Always focus on one thing at a time.

focus freelance

And as long as you have not generated decent results, keep on improving your program or marketing initiative in order to exploit the full potential of it. If you are using a smart leverage or marketing techniques that is matching your business, results always come at some point.

 

  • You don’t take responsibility for selling

wolf of wall street freelancerThere are many, countless people who want to go freelance or become an entrepreneur and who actually are afraid when they have to sell either themselves – their expertise/services – or their products.

The impostor’s syndrome is well known among freelancers, especially starting ones: you feel like you do not deserve revenue from others or you do not consider yourself as credible/legitimate enough to sell and collect money from your customers.

Consequently, you consciously or unconsciously set up self-justification and sabotage patterns that finally lead you to situations where you just postpone more and more the moment you have to sell and even avoid it in the most extreme cases.

Well, the truth is that, especially in the freelancer’s world, there is no such thing as “deserving”. This is a beautiful but intimately wrong concept with which we have all been brainwashed during our time at school, companies and probably even within our own family/throughout our education, but when the rain falls, it just falls on everybody and does not distinguish the ones who deserve it from the ones who do not.

rain money freelance

Don’t get me wrong! 🙂 I’m not saying here that you should be ready to sell whatever at any price and do not care about anything, whether this your customers’ expectations or the value of your products/services. No.

What we’re highlighting here is that to have the proper freelancer’s mindset you should not ask yourself too many questions about deserving or not deserving it because this is by nature extremely relative to everyone and we live in world made of 7 billion of individuals who all have their own opinions, values and relationship with money.

Now ask yourself the following: what is the difference between a freelancer A and a freelancer B who sell exactly the same service but one is charging 500 euros and the other 1000 euros? None. No difference at all. Do they both deserve what they earn?

What Really matters in the end is the (high) satisfaction of your customers and how you have helped him/her solve critical business challenges. A price is just a price and all ideas around it should not block you from selling at the rate you think you are entitled to.

So do not restrain yourself too much because of preconceived ideas and work on your unconscious patterns by facing and getting over them in order to get the results You wish.

Because as long as you’re making your customers happy, you deserve it! 🙂

 

  • Your prices/rates are too low

cheap freelancerAre you cheap?

If you’re selling just cheap products or services – a few dozens of euros – then you obviously have to sell hundreds, even thousands of them to generate a solid turnover that will enable you to live from your freelance business revenues.

That’s why you really need to (also) sell high-value and expensive services.

  • Your promises are not specific enough

freelancer offer

Which business challenges are you solving for your customers precisely? How are you really helping them? Where do you want to bring them?

The broader your services are the more they could be relevant for anybody, and ultimately to no one.

This is why you really need to be as specific and accurate as possible to talk to an audience that you know well and that is facing challenges you can handle and solve.

The more specific you get, the deeper your expertise will be.

 

  • You do not highlight your customers success

customer satisfaction freelanceA lot of freelancers who generate nice results do not ask for stories/reviews from their customers.

If your customers are highly satisfied and you truly helped them transform their business, the first thing you have to do once you have fully completed your mission is to ask them for a review – preferably a short video even though a text can be fine – in exchange of another product/service, a gift, discount etc.

You really have to get used to collecting positive reviews of your customers because this is what will convince the next ones to work with you.

So every time a customer who has worked with you is telling you how satisfied he’s been to work with you, just simply ask for a short video footage from them in exchange of anything from you. This will definitely improve your conversion rates and help them sell you more.

 

  • You’re not investing enough in your self-training

training for freelancers

If you think having been educated and trained for a few years is enough to get the best out of your freelance business, you’re mistaken.

Most successful entrepreneurs never stop learning and pay the high price to do so.

There’s no limit to learning. So if you want to keep evolving and improving you have to train yourself continuously.

You could do it through books, seminars, online trainings, conferences etc. What matters is that you get new skills and broader knowledge out of it.

 

  • You’re listening to the wrong persons

half full half empty freelance

As a (starting) freelancer you have certainly have had doubts about yourself, your skills, idea or your ability to manage your own business.

Negative people always worsen those doubts that are already hard to face and to accept.

And they do it for any reason: because they are afraid, or jealous, or pessimistic, or maybe because they just do not trust in you or they do not want to see you happy or successful or probably some of them do not want you to take too many risks to somehow protect you etc.

Whatever the reason is, the people telling you that you can’t do it have never done it themselves. And they will probably never create or manage their own business.

Now this is not essential for you to understand how those people think and whether they are right or wrong. What matters is not to attach yourself to their unfounded opinions, limiting thoughts and beliefs and especially to avoid them or to avoid that particular subject with them because they are toxic for you.

Again, no one, absolutely no one can tell whether you’re going to be able to live from the results your freelance business generates. If you truly want it, it will happen at some point even though you have to fail a few times and learn from your mistakes.

Because your will and motivation are your most crucial character traits as a freelancer, you’d rather listen to people who are already generating results and who have a lot more to teach you because they are the ones who truly know what it’s like to manage your business as a freelancer.

So keep getting inspired from the most successful ones and let negative people where they are 🙂

 

  • You’re afraid of investing your own money

investment freelance

If the fact of investing in equipment, training or whatever that needs you to spend some of your money is hard and painful for you, it eventually leads you to fear and paralysis.

If you are in this situation, you will notice that this behavior pattern has prevented you many times from taking action and moving forward.

Being afraid of failing and wasting your money is just an unconscious pattern you have to work on. Of course this does not mean you have to take undue risks all the time but you need to get over those obstacles and significantly change your relationship with money if you want to be able to move forward.

Remember that money is just a means, it is never the end.

euros freelancer

This is purely an energy and just like all other energies it flows and comes back and forth. Isn’t it why we even call it “liquidity” or “cash flow”? So to receive some remember that you need to give some.

What about You now? Is your freelance business skyrocketing or do you share this feeling with lots of freelancers that you are stagnating and that you could be doing much better?

freelancer business growth

And do you see any other major brake to the growth of your business and your success?