This article is written by Quin Hoskins. Having studied law and several science-related subjects at degree level, this has provided him with the perfect foundation to cover an eclectic range of topics in his freelance writing career. From the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs to countless travel sites, he is proud to be associated with companies and organizations that are definitely at the top of their game. The flexibility of his freelance writing business allows him to devote a significant proportion of his time to study and is finishing his last course – out of 6 – towards his LLB (Hons) this year. He is also an avid traveler and has proudly visited 40 other countries to date, with much more planned for the future.
If you are all wide-eyed, bushy-tailed and immensely excited about your new venture into the freelancing world, far be it for me to put a dampener on your spirits, but it is definitely time for you to be serious and contemplate one of the very hardest aspects of this industry: namely rejection. Alas, it will come to us all in this dog-eat-dog world of freelancing. Trust me when I say that you have to kiss dozens of frogs before you meet your prince (or princess) in this game.
Indeed, on a very personal level, this was the part of working as a freelancer I struggled with the most. At times, where my morale already felt at a particularly low ebb, I found countless notifications of rejection to be the ultimate kick in the teeth. Yet they still kept on coming and I had to find a way to acknowledge the common themes prevalent in the rejections and find a way to becoming a real winner instead. In this article, my dear readers, we shall explore the ways on how to deal with rejection as a freelancer.
The vast majority of the time, as with applying for any roles of employment, you simply will not hear back from the clients you have approached for work. Those that you do hear back from will very often be rejection notifications and this can be a hard thing to deal with. It is imperative that you try not to take these rejections as being personally against you as a person. They merely mean, at that particular time, that there was another provider who appeared to be more qualified for the project and was ultimately selected based on this fact.
At the start especially, those annoying rejection notifications will just keep on coming and it will be hard for you remain positive with what you are doing. However, it is important you do exactly that; don’t let those terribly negative thoughts win through and do your best to understand the fact that this happens to everyone and there are ways around this.
Analyze the Rejection Feedback
After a short while, you will begin to notice that there is a common theme running through all the rejection notifications you are receiving. Do you sigh and simply admit defeat at this point? No, you acknowledge what all these potential future clients have taken the time to point out to you and do something about it. Many will say they have gone with another provider because they were more experienced. Being new, you may feel there is no way around this, but often there will be. In your cover letters and proposals, it is up to you to focus on the positive aspects of your experience within that specific industry. Don’t say you’re new to freelancing; state that you have many years’ worth of experience in the field with a previous employer and let the client know they would be hard pushed to find a better, more qualified provider than you.
There is nearly always a positive way around any negative point and if there is not, simply refrain from discussing it in too much detail in a proposal for work. Highlight on your skills and abilities in other, similar areas.
Keeping Track of Your Applications
When I first started out as a freelancer, this may be just because I am like this, but I actually decided to make a note in a spreadsheet of all the applications I made. I recorded the details of the type of project I was applying for; the price I had quoted; the cover letter I used to apply; and most importantly, the details of the feedback I received from the clients. This enabled me to evaluate where I was securing work and which areas I was wasting my time with or needed to modify the way in which I applied.
I made a note of the percentage of applications that were converting into genuine orders and noticed how this rate actually increased over time as I found my feet with the whole application process and worked out ways around the negativities the clients had been pointing out to me.
Turning Those Rejections Into Future Orders
I seriously wish there had been an article somewhere on the Internet that imparted this kind of advice to me when I first started off as a freelancer, but alas there was not. It was a matter of finding my way in the dark; sucking up all the rejection – which at times felt cruel and overwhelming; and finding as many ways as I could to overcome such negativity. But hey, it worked. I am still here today and whilst I would say I have plenty to learn, I am actually very proud of the fact that I managed to survive in such a competitive industry.
There is absolutely no reason why the same destiny should not be in your cards in the future, as well. Feel free to follow the advice in this article and, if you can, try to turn all those negative rejections into future possibilities. Everything happens for a reason in this world; a rejection will only ever mean that you need to address a couple of issues which will help you to secure the work the next time around.
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