Have you ever thought about working for yourself? There are many different types of jobs you can have as a freelancer, no matter what skills you have. Thanks to the internet, it has never been easier to become a freelancer and work from home, for yourself. In fact, there are about 57 million freelancers in the United States alone, and they all usually have some key characteristics in common.

As an expert in startup strategy and business development, Valentino DiGiorgio shares the top 3 qualities of successful freelancers.

  1. Proactive. Running your own business means that you don’t have anyone watching over you, and you are responsible for everything. Therefore, you need to anticipate problems instead of trying to do damage control when problems arise.
  2. Time Management. Working for yourself offers a lot of flexibility in your schedule. This can, however, be a double-edged sword. When working with clients, you still have to meet deadlines for them, otherwise, they won’t work with you again. 
  3. Passion. In order to be a successful freelancer, you need to be absolutely passionate about what you do. You aren’t going to love every aspect of the job, but being passionate about your field will get you through those moments.