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Susannah Breslin On the Secrets of Freelance Job Acquisition

via How To Get A Freelance Job In 5 Days - Forbes.

Can you get a freelance job in five days? You definitely cannot get a freelance job in five days if you do not try.

People in their twenties (also known as People Most Likely to Be/Want to Be Freelancers) send me emails on occasion. Oftentimes, they want to know: How can I get a freelancing job?

Most of the time I don’t reply. I’m too busy freelancing.

TIP #1: You’re not unemployed

Recently, a twentysomething I know and like emailed me, and she was like, “I’m unemployed!” And I was like, “No, you’re not. You’re self-employed.” With this easy rhetorical trick, you can go from unemployed to self-employed in under 60 seconds.

Once upon a time, I was unemployed. Really, it wasn’t that long ago. The biggest obstacle between you and employment is your brain.

Side-effects of unemployment can include but are not limited to: low self-esteem, depression, loneliness, anxiety, and paralysis.

You don’t have to be unemployed to be a freelancer — that’s the great thing about freelancing: anyone can do it — but the unemployed may find the gravel shoulder on the journey to employment is made of freelance gigs.

Read the whole thing at Forbes

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