How to Be a Fearless Freelancer Despite the Recession

fearless freelancer mindsetFreelancing in a recession is scary—especially if it’s your first recession as a freelancer.  You can’t make the recession go away. But you can crush your fear—with the fearless freelancer mindset.

Because what you think—your mindset—is as important in what happens to your freelance business during the recession as what you do.

You have 3 choices right now:

  1. Give in to panic and give up
  2. Ride out the recession and hope things get better
  3. Carry on and become a fearless freelancer.

If you panic and sit around feeling sorry for yourself, things will only get worse. If you try to ride out the recession, your freelance business may survive. Then again, it may not—because hope isn’t a strategy.

Fearless Freelancers Will Thrive

But if you carry on, you can become a fearless freelancer—and thrive.

Freelancers who thrive in the recession won’t be luckier or smarter than freelancers who struggle or fail. But they will have a growth mindset, grit, and resilience.

Change Your Freelance Future

If you have a growth mindset, you believe that you can change your freelance future by learning new things, being persistent, and taking the right actions. You’ll be willing to work hard to reach your goals.

But if you have a fixed mindset, you believe that your future is set in stone. And you may believe that you shouldn’t have to work hard to succeed as a freelancer. Since doing better is beyond your control and you expect success to come to you without effort, you’ll give up.

You Can Become a Fearless Freelancer

You can build a growth mindset and become a fearless freelancer. Grit and resilience will help you do this. And you can grow your grit and build your resilience.

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Grow Your Grit

Also called determination, mental toughness, or tenacity, grit is having the perseverance and passion to stick with your long-term goals until you reach them. Grit is carrying on even when you make mistakes or don’t feel like you’re making progress.

Remember how Charlie Brown kept trying to kick that football even though Lucy pulled it away from him every time? Charlie Brown never gave up. He had grit.

How successful we are is largely dependent on grit, says Angela Duckworth, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the New York Times bestseller Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.

Build Your Resilience

While grit is something we always need, resilience helps us when bad things happen—like a recession. Resilience is the ability to meet adversity head-on, adapt, bounce back, and keep trying.

Most people aren’t born resilient. Instead, they build resilience over time. If you consider adversity a challenge and deal with it, you’ll become more resilient. But if you consider adversity a threat, you’ll become less resilient.

How to Grow Your Grit and Build Your Resilience

Here are some ways to grow your grit and build your resilience.

Be Positive

A negative attitude zaps your energy. And no one likes to be around—or work with—negative people. The recession will pass, just like all past recessions have. Believe in yourself and your ability to turn the challenges you’re facing into opportunities. You have the power to make your freelance future brighter.

Take Action

Positive thinking alone isn’t enough. You need to take action. Each action you complete is a small win. And each small win builds your confidence and motivates you to keep taking action.

Create a Strong, Supportive Network

You don’t have to—and you shouldn’t—go through the recession on your own. Even in good times, freelancers need a network of positive people—other freelancers, friends, and family—who will provide support.

Having freelance friends is especially important. Sharing what you’re going through, and knowing that other freelancers are going through the same or similar things, will make you feel better. Other freelancers can also provide advice about what’s working for them, and sometimes referrals to clients.

Build the Marketing Habit

Good habits make it easier for you to do things that will help you reach your long-term goals. They also help you focus on what’s most important—like marketing your freelance business.


Become a Fearless Freelancer

Fearless Freelancer bookThis post is based on my book The Fearless Freelancer: How to Thrive in a Recession

Steady, high-paying clients who need your help are still out there. The Fearless Freelancer will show you where they are and how to get them.

Developing the fearless freelance mindset is 1 of 10 steps that will help you thrive in the COVID-19 recession.

My book gives you an easy-to-follow, proven process for doing this—from a freelancer who’s thrived during two recessions and now, during the COVID-19 recession.

The print book is available now on Amazon. The e-book will be available in mid-October.

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