In this Monday with Michael episode I go over 5 Skills You Need to Succeed as a Freelancer, even if you don’t think your a good writer.
What You Need to Succeed as a Freelance Writer
If you’re like most people, you probably think that you have to be a world-class writer to get paid to write words online. That is just not true, you actually have to be a better freelancer first and have these skills to be an amazing freelance writer.
1. Willingness to Learn
My willingness to learn is why I was able to 10X my monthly income in 12 months as a writer and earn $20,050 in my 20th month as a writer.
2. Strong Work Ethic
No amount of sitting around on the couch imagining five-figure writing months will magically attract clients.
3. Growth Mindset
With a growth mindset, you believe that your most basic abilities develop through consistency and dedication.
4. Thick Skin
If you want to make money writing and learn to become a great writer in a short amount of time, you need to love getting feedback. This is one of the fastest ways to improve!
Just keep going, learn your lessons, and stay persistent and consistent to give yourself time to let the magic happen.
Final thoughts: Thinking you have to be a good writer before you can land writing jobs and get paid is a losing mentality. Do not set yourself up to fail with this attitude. Many businesses and blog owners want to outsource stuff like this and need your skills. Stay persistent and consistent!
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Speaker 1 (00:00):
You are listening to inspire your success podcast, episode number 82 in today’s episode we’re going to talk about the five skills that you need to acquire to become a successful freelancer coming up. All right, welcome back to the Monday edition of the show. As always, thank you for being here. This is your host, Michael Leonard. And again, hopefully a, everything’s going well your way. I know we’re another weekend. Do it all here. Uh, you know, hopefully after April we’re back to some sort of a normal life. Uh, I know we got so much going on, but again, hopefully you’re making the most of this time and not going to stir crazy. Still getting some homework outs or running or something in. I know it’s a easy to just want to hang out all day, but again, make sure you’re staying active physically, mentally, uh, protect your health and hopefully you guys are, have enjoyed tiger King as much as I did.
Speaker 1 (00:57):
That was probably the best documentary I’ve seen and not even a documentary. More of a show on Netflix, wildly entertaining. Um, if anyone else wants a tiger, you know, I’m right there with you. So, uh, anyways, here, just want to jump in, uh, to the episode again, five skills that you’re going to need to succeed as a freelancer. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today. So before that though, want to share it as always a random fact about myself and a, as a writer, this is a, this is kind of a related fact here. Um, is that I’ve published my first book at 29 years old. So is it a bestseller? No. Is it made me thousands and millions of dollars? No. Did it, uh, cross off a check or check off something on the bucket list? Yes it did. So I published my first book at 29.
Speaker 1 (01:43):
It was actually the same week that I quit my job here about three years ago. It’s called advice for my younger self, the successful habits of health and wealth. So yes, it is broad. It is all very all encompassing. But basically I wanted to create something to hand to my 18 year old self because when I first got started with this online entrepreneurship and writing, I was all about personal finance and helping millennials understand this stuff because, you know, I did well in school, but I never figured out, like we never really learned how to buy a house and manage your finances, invest in stocks, credit, all that stuff. Right? And so I actually learned a lot of that in my, you know, mid, uh, mid twenties. And that’s what helped me quit my job cause I saved up and got invested in some stocks and things like that.
Speaker 1 (02:30):
So, uh, I wanted to help others with it and that’s how I got my whole start in case you weren’t sure I hadn’t tuned in yet. But yeah, that’s how I got started with this whole online writing and blogging thing. So, um, yeah, this was kind of fun. I mean, again, it was not a bestseller. It hasn’t made me millions of dollars. It got me on good morning America to talk about it. But, uh, it was a really cool moment. And, uh, anytime you, you know, hit a goal. My goal was always to be a published author by the time I was 30, so I was able to do that. So again, guys, just whatever your goal is, know that you can do it. So let’s dive in and talk about five skills that you need to succeed as a freelancer. So, you know, like I always talk about freelance writing is just that it’s two words.
Speaker 1 (03:10):
It’s freelancing and writing. You can be the best writer in the world, but if you can’t get anyone to say yes and actually pay you to write stuff for them, you are going to be a broke, struggling writer. And as you know, that’s the tire object of my brand is to just get rid of that. I want to help you make money writing and actually get paid to create Epic stuff and share it with the world. So, uh, you need to succeed as a freelancer to really learn how to do this. And once I became a better freelancer, that’s actually why I think I’ve been as successful as I have. Um, and made over $100,000 writing is because I’m a good freelancer. I know how to maintain relationships and, uh, just create value for clients and build rapport, all those things. And we’re going to talk about those.
Speaker 1 (03:55):
So let’s go into the five skills that I believe you need to succeed as a freelancer. First thing is, is a willingness to learn. So I am obsessed with learning. I mean, in a few short years of entrepreneurship, like I’ve talked about, I’ve probably spent more than 30, $40,000, um, from books, online courses, coaching masterminds, workshops, live events, seminars. Like I said, I walked on fire with Tony Robbins. Like, I think the, a willingness to learn is one of the biggest things that you can do. And so that really helped me out, um, and really helped me scale is that I’m, I’m just not afraid to learn. I mean, even though I, I know what I’m doing now and I’m making good money as a writer and I’m helping other people, like I’m still learning all the time. I’m, I’m in, uh, James Wedmore’s, uh, program. They a next level.
Speaker 1 (04:44):
It’s like a 12 month group coaching program cost me over $10,000 but it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever done because I’m constantly learning from a seven figure eight figure entrepreneur. And so learning is huge. So learning it takes place, you know, just from listening to this podcast, reading books to watching YouTube videos to spending money on yourself. Right? So I talk about like once you put some skin in the game, that’s when people really start to level up and play big. So I think if you can really invest in yourself, you’re going to just speed up that learning curve. And again, it’s not to say it’s going to be the magic bullet and everything’s going to work. But you know, like Tony Robbins always said, success always leaves clues. So instead of trying to do everything on your own, learn from the people who are doing what you want to do.
Speaker 1 (05:30):
You know, as a writer, I had three investments that really helped me. I took an SEO course, uh, from Mike Pearson, one of the best courses I’ve learned all about SEO. It’s helped my stuff. It’s helped client stuff that has helped my joined Benjamin Hardy’s online mastermind back in 2018. You know, I have him on the podcast, uh, you know, he’s a mentor. He’s someone that’s made millions and millions of dollars. I learned from him. And then I bought a freelance writing course a few years ago from a six figure writer. So again, all of these investments forced me to learn a ton of new skills instead of mindlessly just watching free content and hoping to figure it out. Like sometimes you just need that proven blueprint for success. So again, you need to focus on learning, leveling up, all those things because it will help in your life. It’ll help with freelancing. I mean, because I invested in myself and I continued to learn.
Speaker 1 (06:20):
I was in able to create samples, pitch clients, raise my rates, start these routines, all that stuff. Um, but again, all of that led or led to obviously making more money as a writer. But it all started because I just wanted to keep learning. So again, when you, when you quit learning and that’s when you start dying. That’s what I really think. So make sure if you want to succeed as a freelancer, not just as a writer, but really in any aspect of life, keep learning. All right? Number two is a strong work ethic. You need this skill because work ethic is just, it’s crucial. I mean, look, doing the work and personal development and all the stuff I’ve done, I’ve learned all about manifesting the law of attraction, energy, quantum physics, all that stuff. And so, you know, while I do 100% believe that you need to think the right thoughts and, uh, use your subconscious to your advantage, all those things, you also need to have the right work ethic.
Speaker 1 (07:15):
If you just sit there in the couch and nothing’s going to happen like you, you can definitely think in, in self hypnosis and do all the things that I talk about. Look, I think it’s successes both internal and extra. You need to do things, but you also need to have the right stuff that you’re doing. And so while I’m not a fan of hustling anymore, I like to work smart and I don’t want to say hard, but work on the things that I know move the needle. But you need to put yourself out there, right? You need to develop skills. You need to, whether you’re writing, you need to build a website, pitch clients. You know, the law of attraction is great. It definitely works whether you want it to or not. It’s always working cause it’s energy. But remember the last six letters of attraction or action you need to cocreate your destiny.
Speaker 1 (07:57):
And that includes using your mind for success. But you have to get off the sidelines and put yourself into action to get the results that you want. So if you’re a freelance writer, you need to think that you’re a wealthy writer before you are. You need to know that you can create viral hits. You need to know that you can get clients to say yes, you need to program your mind 100% I talk about that inside freelance a fiveK you need to have a wealthy entrepreneur mindset before anything else. But you also need to get in the game, right? You need to pitch clients. You need to be okay with getting rejected. You need to write your, um, you know, first sample pieces and create blog posts, things like that. You need to get into it. So again, hustling alone isn’t enough. You do need to work smart, of course, use your mind to your advantage.
Speaker 1 (08:44):
But one of the best skills you can learn is just to develop a world-class work ethic. And I think to me, that really just means being an integrity. So if you say you’re going to do something, do it. That will help your mindset and your work ethic. So much. So like for example, today I wasn’t feeling 100%, I just got over a sinus infection and a, I’m still really nasally, but I told myself I’m going to create four podcasts and you know what? That’s what I’m going to do today. And I’m staying in integrity and I’m sticking to that work ethic. Because if you’re really good in one area of your life, that work ethic will apply to others. So again, it’s like a positive, contagious thing. So remember the good guys, you got to develop a strong work ethic as a freelancer. I like this quote from Tyler Perry. He said, developing a good work ethic is key. Apply yourself at whatever you do, whether you’re a janitor or taking your first summer job, because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life. So while I can’t stand Tyler Perry’s movies, I like that quote and he’s a very successful guy. So props to him.
Speaker 1 (09:44):
All right. Before we jump into the third skill that you need to succeed as a freelancer, uh, just wanted to send you again a reminder. Let you know we got more free trainings coming up in April. We just did a three ways to land your first freelance writing client in 2020. Very successful lot of people came engage in the training, very, very helpful and people are already using it to get out there and build a writing business. So make sure you’re joining. Again, listen to the podcast. Follow me on Instagram at I am Michael Leonard or just sign up for the email list so that way you can get all the free resources and the links to these trainings because again, you do need to register for them, uh, to join the list. Again, you can go over to inspire your success.com forward slash to the number one and the K. so that should be in the show notes as well.
Speaker 1 (10:31):
But yeah, guys, again, I just don’t want you to miss these trainings. I’m going live. These are live with me and I’m teaching you skills to make money, especially, uh, you know, during this time when we got some extra time on our hands. So make sure you tune in there. So, all right, skill number three that we’re going to need here is a growth mindset. And I’m not sure if you’ve ever read the book mindset by Carol Dweck, but I highly encourage it. Um, as she talks about, there’s really two types of mindset. There’s a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. So with a fixed mindset, you make it very nearly impossible to succeed. So here’s a direct quote from Carol. She said, in a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them.
Speaker 1 (11:19):
They also believe that talent alone creates success without effort. So as you can imagine with the fixed mindset, you think you’re either a good writer or you’re not. You think you’re a good freelancer or you’re not. You give yourself no room to improve and evolve into a great writer. But here’s the thing, guys. When I first started writing online, I had zero talent. I mean zero. I even had people comment on my Facebook business page and on my blog to tell me to stop writing because I was so bad. Okay, listen to that. Now, I’ve made over six figures as a freelance writer. I say none of that to brag, but I want you to know that did not come from just talent I was born with. That came from doing a lot of writing, learning these skills from people that are way above me and way ahead of me and just constantly keeping going, never giving up and continually moving forward.
Speaker 1 (12:10):
I refuse to quit and that’s why I’ve won and will keep winning. Guys, if you want to make this work as a freelancer, if there’s going to be so much rejection, so much failure, it’s part of the process. But the most successful people in the world, in any area of life simply failed the most and failed the fastest. Just allow yourself to fail, get back up and keep going. Again, none of this stuff I came out of the, you know, wound with or came out of school and I was just this awesome writer. None of this stuff is true, so you need to develop the right mindset because if you have a growth mindset, you believe that you can do anything and while you might not, you know, go walk on the moon, maybe you will, right? People that are the most successful know that they can always improve, even if they’re not successful in the beginning.
Speaker 1 (13:01):
This view creates a love of learning and resilience that makes it essential to achieve greatness. Like I talk about, the first thing is you need to write con or excuse me, the first thing I talked about was the willingness to learn. You need to learn. And if you don’t, if you think you’re going to either be blessed with it or you’re not, then you’re never going to want to learn. But with a growth mindset, you know that learning will lead to evolving and getting better. So again, reframe failure, learn how to do this stuff because it will really, really help you out. And just one last quote from Carol, she said in a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So rather than thinking, Oh, I’m going to reveal my weakness, you say, wow, here’s a chance to grow. And that’s important. Guys. Anything that you’re doing in business in life, you can either say, wow, I failed and I’m a failure and go to all this negative self talk.
Speaker 1 (13:55):
Or you can say, wow, I might’ve made a mistake, or maybe I quote unquote failed, but I’m going to learn from it. And I’m going to get better. So you know what, everyone that is successful has went through this. They might not have read the book growth mindset. They might not have actually said, Ooh, I have a growth mindset towards this, but I can guarantee you every six and seven figure entrepreneur that I’ve had on this show and ones I’ve interacted with in masterminds and, and met in person, they just don’t quit. They keep learning. They, they know that challenges are part of it, but they just keep moving forward. So I’m fired up. Let’s go. All right. Number four guys, you need thick skin. Um, you know, being a freelancer, being an entrepreneur, it’s, it’s not easy. I mean, it’s not the, uh, it’s not supposed to be.
Speaker 1 (14:39):
That’s why most people are nine to five employees. It’s, it’s show much easier to be an employee. I mean, when I was an employee, I would literally work about, I’d be there about 38 hours a week. I would, you know, just show up. I do my job. I wouldn’t think about work at all when I went home. I would just cut the check. You know, making a hundred grand plus a year easy, right? It was easy. Working for yourself is a lot harder, but you know what? It’s also a lot more rewarding. It’s not for the faint of heart, but you need thick skin. If you have thick skin, you can figure it out with thick skin and a growth mindset and you want to just keep learning, man, you can absolutely do this. But again, all of these skills kind of build on one another and you need to to have thick skin.
Speaker 1 (15:24):
Because look, I’ve been told, my writing’s terrible. I’ve been told that this pitch sucked. I’ve been told all kinds of things. And if you have thin skin and you just think, wow, I’m not very good, you know, all that stuff, you’re just not going to make it. You’re going to quit. You’re going to go back to what’s safe and easy and you’re going to give up on your dream. So you gotta have the right mindset, but you got to thick skin, right? I see so many writers who avoid asking for feedback or get down on themselves when they ask editors for for stuff and then they hear it and then they’re like, Oh my gosh, or this feedback. I’m not a good writer. Maybe I shouldn’t do this. All this stuff. When I get feedback now I just say, okay, well how can I use this to get better?
Speaker 1 (15:59):
That’s the thing you have to do. You have to have that growth mindset and learn how to take feedback and use it to improve your skills. And I liked this quote from John Irving who, uh, I believe he’s an actor. He said, I have pretty thick skin. And I think if you’re going to be in this business, if you’re going to be an actor or a writer, you have to have really thick skin. And that’s the truth. I mean, look, people are going to come out of the woodworks. I have trolls online. I got haters, all that stuff. If I let all the things that they said affect me, I would have quit writing a long time ago. But you know what? You’re also gonna know that if you stop because of what some critic or troll or hate or whatever you want to call it, then you’re also going to give up on your gifts and you might not get that message out there to someone that could really use your help.
Speaker 1 (16:45):
Because look, the trolls are always the loudest, and I’m going to have a whole episode about this cause I’ve had a few lately and they’re absolutely hilarious to me. People that take time out of their day to hate on other stuff is just insane. But remember, guys, thick skins part of the process. You gotta just stick with it. Understand that, Hey, nothing’s personal. If someone’s, you know, lashing out at you online, it’s just a reflection of themselves, not on you. All right. The number five tip, I’ve probably said it 12 times already in this episode, is you can’t give up. You gotta have perseverance. That’s the last skill you need to really succeed as a freelancer. You know, in the beginning especially, it usually feels like the world’s against you. When in reality I’ve found that it’s just the universe or God, whoever you believe in, testing you to see how bad you want it.
Speaker 1 (17:32):
Because like I said, whenever you’re learning something new, whether it’s writing a new sport, a new hobby, a new job, it is gonna require you to fail and get back up, fail and get back up. Look, here’s the thing. I mean, whether you’re striking out with clients or editors don’t like your work or your biggest client fires you. I’ve had all those things happen, right guys. But I persevered and that’s how I’ve been able to make over six figures writing online. All of these things have happened, but I just kept going. I could have thrown in the towel more times than I count, but I always believed in it working out in the end. And you know what it has. So just remember you’re a one client away from changing your life for ever.
Speaker 1 (18:15):
I mean literally, if you quit now, you might have the email tomorrow. You might get that feature on Forbes. You might get the biggest podcast guest you’ve ever had and you might get the opportunity of a lifetime tomorrow, but if you quit, it’s never going to happen. So just remember that. Then you’re going to end up with regrets and have all these looking, you know, thoughts about looking back and all these things you don’t want that no one wants to end up with regrets. So just keep going. If this is something you really want to do, if you want to make it as a freelancer, as a writer, as someone that puts stuff out online, you gotta just keep going. Look, you’re gonna, you’re gonna fail a lot, but man, you’re gonna win a lot too. And when you have those chairs, those moments, and just keep moving forward.
Speaker 1 (18:59):
All right guys, final. Finally. I just want to say thank you again. Um, you know, I’m trying to keep this stuff as positive as I can. Uh, you know, like I said, I’ve, I’ve had a lot of mistakes along the way. Um, but anyone I talk about and anyone I talk with has as well. So if you’re going through some stuff right now, maybe your life’s upside down with a pandemic, maybe your client fired you, maybe no one’s responding. Maybe everything feels like the world’s against you. Just remember, if you really want it, you just gotta keep going. You got to stay in the game. The ones who succeed are the ones who just don’t give up. So just keep going. If you’re going through some stuff, remember it’s just a test. Whoever’s up there, the universe, whatever you believe in is just seeing how bad you really want it. So again, stay persistent and consistent, and eventually you’re going to make this whole thing work. Thanks again for listening, guys. I hope you stay safe. Stay healthy out there, and as always, I hope you have an Epic day.
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