What Cooking Teaches Us About Success
You ever cook an amazing meal only to have it turn out terrible?
You ever try to make an amazing steak only to burn it because you didn’t let it come to room temperature before cooking? Or have you not salted your water enough before inserting the pasta? Have you forget to put olive oil on vegetables last?
Tiny mistakes can halt big efforts.
I hear it all the time on my coaching calls. Usually my student does everything right except one thing and then loses the job.
It’s annoying isn’t it?
You write a great proposal but leave out a call to action or a relevant sample or the client to review.
Tiny mistakes suck. (Big projects don’t though! Read here to find out how to make $5,000 per project)
They add up. They lead to lost jobs, dropped clients, bad reviews and, if unchecked dry months were they don’t get a single client.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
I’ve created a list of mistakes freelancers make. Read it. Copy it. Post that copy beside your work station.
Avoiding these mistakes will put you 80% ahead of all the other freelancers out there right now. I followed these rules and booked my first $6,000 project (read here).
Don’t believe me?
Consider this. Over 75% of the proposals sent out on Upwork and Problogger are Templates Proposals. That means over 75% of your competition is making the LEAST effort possible to get a job.
Great clients and the great jobs want more than the minimum. Follow these rules and you’ll outpace the competition and start doing the work you love. Follow these rules and you will find yourself booking your first $10,000 month (how I booked my first $10,000 month).
Things I wish freelancers would stop doing.
Freelancers complain all the time! Go on freelancer forums, freelancing blogs or read the content posted in HuffPost or Business Insider.
They all say the same things to!
Clients don’t pay enough. Deadlines aren’t realistic. There aren’t any good clients. All the good work is dried up.
I say bullshit.
There are clients who pay extremely well, deadlines are easy to meet if you have a good work flow, there are amazing clients everywhere and every day awesome new work pops up (Upwork publishes millions of dollars in gigs every week!).
Stop complaining and get to work. In no time you’ll find yourself with great clients, great pay and no time to complain!
The freelance economy is constantly changing (Asana, Google Hangouts, FB Ads). There are new job boards, new ways to reach clients, new programs to learn.
There will always be something new to learn.
You can either adapt or die (okay maybe not die but certainly stop making money). A lot of complaints (see mistake #1) come from freelancers trying to force new models into old ideas.
For example online cover letters have changed. Instead of acting as a proposal they act as an introduction.
The most successful people on Upwork use their cover letters as a chance to start a conversation.
What conversations have you tried to start today?
3)Freaking out over every time a client tells you ‘No’:
My advice on being told no:
‘Get used to hearing it’.
You are going to get turned down, denied and told no.
Guest what! You weren’t told ‘No’ because you suck. You were told ‘No’ because you weren’t right for the client.
You only want to work with clients you are right for. Remember every ‘No’ brings you closer to the right ‘Yes’.
4)Taking Advice From Unreliable Sources:
Why people? Why do you do it?
You wouldn’t take cooking advice from someone that doesn’t cook regularly. You wouldn’t take health advice from a shoe salesman.
So why do we take freelancing and business advice from people without a proven track record for success?!
I publish my successes every month in my guest posts, emails, podcasts and monthly income reports. You can follow me as my income goes up.
Same thing is true of Michelle Schroeder, Pat Flynn and Ramit Sethi. Don’t waste time clicking on mindless links. Pick a few key sources and use the information they share.
5)Not Being Consistent:
This is the worst. Being inconsistent has the biggest effect on how much you earn as a freelancer.
Consistency is the key to generating quality work, getting ongoing clients and mastering your work flow.
Freelancers and online business owners all make this mistake. They will make a little money, get some success or land a great client and just like that they quit advertising, marketing or sending out proposals.
Then one day ‘Poof’ it all dries up and they are left scrambling to find work and revenue.
Being consistent in your submissions, growth, proposals, study and goal setting is the fastest way to creating real, lasting richness in your life.
-Avoid the tiny mistakes that can derail your path to progress-
Be consistent, focus on growth, quit complaining and you will transform your situation, self and income in an instant!
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