Freelancer Skills - Making a Real Difference to the Organizations You Work With

To be successful as a freelancer, you need a skillset that’s valuable to your potential clients. If you are not able to provide value as an expert in your field, you wouldn’t be working as a freelancer. But your expertise isn’t the only skill you need to be a successful freelancer.

There are numerous freelancer skills that are considered “soft” skills and abilities beyond the job description that help freelancers promote themselves, acquire new clients, build lasting relationships with the clients they already have, and keep their business flowing and growing.

What Types Of Skills Or Attributes Do Successful Freelancers Have In Common?

There are freelancers who get a job done, and then there are freelancers that provide value to an organization in the way they handle their business and provide insights and ideas to their clients. The difference between a good freelancer and a great freelancer is in the less-quantifiable soft skills — how well they connect and think outside the box.

Here are some of the skills and attributes that are most commonly shared by the best performing freelancers:

  • Analytical Thinking -- Freelancers are constantly presented with complex problems. Logical thinking skills help you meet each client’s unique needs.
  • Communication -- Your interpersonal communication skills can make or break your ability to work with a variety of other people.
  • Design Thinking -- Being a “problem solver” is important to your job, and utilizing design thinking methodology to create solutions can make that easier.
  • Leadership -- Often, freelancers need to take charge of a situation, so knowing how to motivate and inspire others makes you more valuable to your clients.
  • Presentation Skills -- Communicating in an effective, understandable way to different audiences is part of the heart and soul of freelance work.
  • Project Management -- If you lead team projects, it’s essential to know how to manage the process from beginning to end in a smooth, effective manner.
  • Resourcefulness -- As a freelancer, you have to be resourceful and find unique, effective ways to overcome the challenges you encounter on a day-to-day basis.
  • Responsiveness -- Your clients expect you to follow-up with their requests for information without delay and will lose faith in you if you don’t.

How Can Matter Help You Develop These Freelancer Skills?

Often as a contracted worker you aren’t involved with the same feedback and review opportunities that full-time employees take advantage of. Because you don’t necessarily have a “boss” or “manager”, you don’t get consistent and actionable feedback, and it can be difficult to make necessary improvements or changes in your work to provide a better experience, sometimes at the expense of your contract.

Regular feedback helps you understand your clients’ opinions and perceptions of you. Actionable and continuous feedback is an indispensable part of your ability to hone your critical skills, grow as a person -- and grow your business.

Matter can provide you with the feedback you need. Break out of the bubble and find out exactly where your strengths and growth opportunities lie. Use the data you receive from Matter’s 360-degree feedback platform to embrace a growth mindset and reach your full potential.

Learn. Improve. Grow.

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