82 rules for all freelancers to live by, Part 2

Jun 27, 2017

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Did you miss the first half of this epic list? Check out #1 to #41 here.

  1. Everyone knows someone who will want your services at some point in time. Adopt the Networking of Life.

  2. Be open to learning. It’s okay to not have all the answers. “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” — Buddha (See #24)

  3. When you have a Plan B, you give yourself the option to fail. You don’t go into something to test the waters, you go into it to make waves. Fully and wholeheartedly commit to your Plan A, and trust your survival instincts when the going gets tough.

  4. You can’t do anything great alone. Find other freelancers to fill the gaps of your inabilities, weaknesses and displeasures. We, not me.

  5. The best stories are the ones only you can tell. Learn how to tell your story, and own it. (See #17)

  6. The world is your office. If you’re unhappy with where you are, move. You’re not a tree.

  7. Luck is where timing meets preparation. Be proactive, so you’re prepared when the time comes. Never stop learning. Become a student again. (See #24 and #43)

  8. You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them. “Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks. Life is happening now.” — Sheryl Erixson

  9. Nothing is particularly hard if you split it into smaller tasks. Divide and conquer.

  10. Sometimes you just have to jump and grow your wings on the way. You don’t need to have it all figured out to move forward. The right time is the time you decide to make it right.

  11. A year from now you’ll wish you started today. Ready, set, go.

  12. My parents used to tell me, “Do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” I love my parents, but they were wrong. Even if it’s enjoyable, work is still work. Build a freelance business that gives you more free time and flexibility, so you can do what you truly love away from work.

  13. If you want to be inspired, make something inspiring.

  14. Walk where the WiFi isn’t. Disconnect. “No one got rich checking their email more often.” — Noah Kagan

  15. On particularly rough days, when you’re not sure if you can endure, remind yourself that your track record for getting through bad days is 100 percent, and that’s pretty good.

  16. Don’t panic. Nothing is as bad as it seems. Look into stoicism if you haven’t already.

  17. The moment you become uncomfortable is the moment you start to grow. Force yourself out of your comfort zone.

  18. The magic is in the mess. Embrace the bumpy road, but wear your seatbelt. (See #35)

  19. You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried. Learn to love to fail. (See #26)

  20. Build the best day ever and practice self-care, daily.

  21. Master deep work.

  22. Reverse-engineer your goals. Answer the why, what and how in that order.

  23. If you don’t have SMART goals, spend ample time outlining them. (Google “SMART goals” if you’re not familiar with this acronym.) “Without a goal, you can’t score.” — Casey Neistat

  24. Always ask yourself, “Is what I’m doing now getting me closer to my goals?”

  25. Gratitude is instant medicine. Take your daily dose. Things can always be worse (and often are for millions of other people).

  26. Smile, there’s coffee.

  27. Be selfish. That’s what freelancing is all about. It’s about you, not them. If it was about them, they would be your employer. Instead, they are your client. Be fair, of course, but be selfish. (See #14).

  28. Now is the new later. Good things come to those who wait, but great things come to those who do. Get ‘er done. (See #51 and #52)

  29. You didn’t come this far to only come this far. Keep going.

  30. Beyoncé wasn’t built in a day. Life takes time. Trust the process.

  31. But, you have the same number of hours in each day as Beyoncé. Treat time as your #1 asset. Eliminate anything and anyone who wastes it.

  32. Invest in your creativity. Buy a book. Take an online course. Enroll in a class or workshop. Subscribe to a publication. Sign up for a membership. Join a group. (See #9)

  33. If you want to be successful, be consistent. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” — Woody Allen

  34. Always lead with an unconditional willingness and readiness to help. “If you sell something, you make a customer today, but if you genuinely help someone, you create a customer for life.” — Jay Baer

  35. Struggling to find clients? Treat yourself as your own client. Do for your business what you profess you can do for others. By virtue, clients will flock to you. (See #3)

  36. Don’t limit yourself to clients in your geographic area. Act local, think global.

  37. Understand the power of choice. You have more control of your destiny than you know. “The answer is yes, if this is what you choose. There’s no ‘can’ and ‘cannot.’ It’s all about choices.” — Nour Tohme

  38. Sacrifice is the name of the game. Accept the rules. You cannot start something without stopping something.

  39. If you want to build and grow a successful freelance business over the long haul, you must reinvent yourself, your services and your vision time and again. Like you do with technology, keep updating your operating system.

  40. Yesterday, I really wanted a haircut. Today, I got a haircut. Take control and make things happen.

  41. Remember why you started.

Josh Hoffman runs Epic Freelancing, where he helps people build a freelance life they love.

Josh Hoffman

Josh Hoffman is the founder of Epic Freelancing, where he shows freelancers how to develop a six-figure income and live life on their terms.