Habits That Will Make Freelancers Successful

Over the years I’ve learned that forming the right habits can help you be successful.

I can still clearly remember the moment when I decided to quit my full-time job in a call center company to just start working from home.

I seriously had no freakin’ clue where freelancing will lead me.

Yes, I did a bit of research about what others were doing back then. And, yes, I was optimistic that it was the break I’ve been waiting for. But whether I know what I was doing then was so not the case.

But I knew one thing for sure then. I want to be successful in whatever path I’ve decided to thread.

That was a couple of years ago.

Today, I am still scared as hell with what I am getting myself into.

But this time, that scare is also giving me more reasons to make sure that my actions will lead me to achieve small successes along the way.

I am not going to discuss this here but I just thought you might find it relevant. 😉


Forming Bad and Good Habits

No doubt, habits can either do good or bad things to people.

Since that year that I decided to do freelancing, I’ve formed and given up lots of habits here and there.

Some of my habits served me my many failures. Failures that allowed me to learn how to be better.

And there were also habits that presented me with wonderful and memorable successes. These habits I mean to keep and nurture.


Learning From Others

The small achievements and milestones I’ve achieved while working from home I also attribute to what others in the industry have taught me.

Because I was really desperate to succeed in what I do, I stalked, spied, listened, learned and went to places where the people I look up to were.

Now that sounded creepy, right? 

Like I said, I was really desperate, okay?

Anyways, going back to my point.

So I learned from these generous (and unsuspicious) mentors in the industry. Sssh, they really don’t know until today that they’ve been my mentors.

And the things I learned from them helped me form certain habits that helped me achieved whatever I have right now as a freelance digital marketing consultant.


Giving Back

I will always be grateful for the people who’ve helped me learn a lot of things over the years.

And I may not be able to pay them for taking me as their mentee (although not officially), but perhaps I can give back to the community by sharing what habits I learned.

Habits that somehow help me achieve some ounce of success in the things I do.

So here they are:

  1. Be intentional. It’s so easy to be overwhelmed with a lot of things you can do. Make sure you have a clear idea why you do the things you do. In this way, every action you do is not a waste of time. Regret will be minimal, if not, avoided.
  2. Learn something new. The moment you stop learning, growth stops too. Learn from others. Not only from their mistakes but most especially from their successes.
  3. Acknowledge mistakes. Learn from them. You will fail more than you will succeed. I learned this the hard way. I am still learning more of this each day. Mistakes are not walls. They are your guide.
  4. Collaborate with the right people. You can succeed by your lonesome. But like food and wine; Success is best enjoyed with others who matter.
  5. Document your journey. This is another crucial aspect which I learned the hard way. Document your journey. You don’t want to realize you’ve been falling into the same pit over and over again just because you forget about them. Documenting your journey is your blueprint to your own success.Am sure there are more. But these things should give one a good start.

I also shared these to fellow freelancer, Ms. Liberty Baldovino of The Youthful Granny VA for her blog post, “Habits of 15 Successful Filipino Freelancers” 

I strongly suggest you read her blog post if you want to learn how successful freelancers in the Philippines are “rocking it”.


So what’s my point?

As you can see, success don’t happen overnight.

Success is a process.

Forming the right kind of habits can help you be on your path to succeed in whatever it is you want to do. And learning from the failures and successes of others can give you some lightbulb moments on what habits to form for your own.


Your Turn

Be fair.

Let me know what you think about forming habits. Or how to be successful.

Ok, fine. If you have anything to say about how I wrote this article, you may also put them in the COMMENT section below.


2 thoughts on “Habits That Will Make Freelancers Successful

  1. Liberty Reply

    Lols, like you, I stalked, spied, listened, learned and went to places where the people I look up to were! Thanks for the mention, Sir Rey!

    • Rey Baguio Post authorReply

      Thank you for dropping by, Liberty.

      It was a great thing that you initiated the discussion on this in our Freelancers Hub Philippines chatroom.

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