So you want to be your own boss? Starting an interim career is an exciting time for any beginner. Your mind will be full of dreams of all the extra time and leisure you’ll have with a flexible work schedule (but trust us, there’s never as much time as you think). You’ll be daydreaming about the moment you can tell your boss at that job you hate that you won’t be coming back at the end of the month.
But if you’re like most beginner interim professionals, you will probably also be quietly setting yourself up for a set of common mistakes which plagues many interim professionals.
Read these tips, write them down and take them in. Constantly work to avoid these common pitfalls, and you’ll see success more quickly than you could imagine!
Don’t take advantage of yourself
As a new Interim, you might be tempted to believe that you should have to work for low, entry-level pay that barely meets the bottom line. After all, they’re hiring a newbie, and that can’t be worth too much, can it?
Be very careful not to sell yourself short. There’s a reason you’ve decided to pursue an interim professional career, and it’s because you have a unique skill that qualifies you. Just because you’re a beginner doesn’t mean you aren’t worth a decent wage for your time.
No, you won’t get the highest paying gigs when you first start out. But do your research on the industry and find out what the reasonable, moderate pay rate is. You might think it will take too long to secure clients if you’re asking for standard pay at entry-level, but the truth is you’ll just be making more money faster, even if you have to throw a lot of pitches out there in the beginning.
Beginning interim professionals often feel insecure and unsure about their new profession, leading them to lack the self-confidence they need to be successful. Whether it be over your ability to market yourself, your skills themselves, or simply your fear of approaching potential clients, there are a dozen ways for a beginning freelance writer to feel self-conscious.
That kind of attitude, however, will seep into your career in unexpected ways. Whether leading you to shy away from the better opportunities or to simply undersell your skills to clients, lacking confidence in your abilities as an interim professional will end up undercutting you. You’re a star, so act like it!
Being skilled in your trade is only one part of the equation of success as an interim professional. You also have to build up the organizational and management skills to successfully run your business. From building portfolios to client searches to cataloging invoices, there are a lot of logistics you need to keep up with in order to be successful in your career.
Furthermore, you have to learn to be self-motivated to sit down and do your work. You are accountable to no one but yourself and your client, and if you aren’t careful, that can lead to laziness.
Above all, you must become self-disciplined enough to know what you need to do when you need to do it, and to actually follow through with getting things done. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself swimming in projects one week and starving for cash the next.
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