May 26, 2021

It’s not uncommon to receive emails of rejection after applying for a gig as a freelancer. After your first few, the industry can start to feel soul-crushing. You might start wondering why you bother, or, even worse, feel like you don’t have what it takes.

This is when you have to keep going, no matter what, so that you can achieve your dreams. 

We have put together today’s blog to help freelancers deal with rejection and hopefully remove self–doubt.

Feedback is subjective.

When it comes to freelance gigs, all feedback is subjective. One client might think that your work is the best thing since sliced bread, while another might think that it’s not inspired.

Each client has different tastes and it can affect their decisions when it comes to your work.

Even tougher to swallow, a client might enjoy your work but it doesn’t fit with what their project requires right now. 

These are all aspects of the freelancing world that you have to keep in mind.

Take constructive feedback seriously

On occasion, a client will give you helpful advice about what is and what is not working about your work. 

Take this advice to heart, they know what they are talking about, and have taken their valuable time to provide you with their insights. This means a lot because many clients have extremely busy schedules and wouldn’t take the time to provide you with feedback unless they believe in you as a freelancer.

Keep pushing

Even if you have gotten what feels like a million rejections, it is important to continue looking for clients and applying for freelance gigs. You never know when you will catch a break. 

The only way to improve your craft is to continue practicing it. What didn’t work in your last gig might need some alterations to work for the next one. 

If you are struggling with this, consider getting some advice from other freelancers in your industry. You’ll have the opportunity to learn some valuable techniques on how to improve your chances.

Explore other methods to gain exposure

As difficult as it might be to work for free (pro-bono), it is also an option that many other freelancers have used to gain exposure. Take on small projects that you can use to showcase your skills for free.

Remember to bring your A-game as you never know who is watching, it might be a potential client. 

Whatever you do, never give up.  Continue pursuing your dreams and working hard. It will pay off if you remain consistent.

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