Making a living as a freelancer or growing your own business isn’t for everyone. Not everyone can deal with financial uncertainty or regularly meet their own deadlines.
So how do you know if this route could be right for you?
There’s ONE quality that’s absolutely essential to succeeding as your own boss, one characteristic you can’t — and won’t — thrive without.
It’s not financial-savvy, though that helps. It’s not creativity, though that helps, too. And it’s not being organized or knowing how to code or having people skills, though all of those qualities do give you an edge.
The quality you absolutely can’t succeed without is DRIVE.
Yup, drive. It’s that simple.
Because if you have DRIVE, you’ll be able to make up for any other shortcomings. You’ll learn what you need to know when you need to know it. And when the going gets tough, you’ll persevere.
While this sounds simple, you’d be surprised how many people actually don’t have drive, don’t have it in them to consistently follow through. Or, perhaps more accurately, lots of people have it in them but aren’t willing to dig deep enough to find it. (Click to tweet this idea.)
Because of that, plenty of people who would be awesome business owners or entrepreneurs give up before reaching their potential. Often, that’s because they didn’t give themselves long enough to figure out how to make it work; it takes about a year to learn how to actually get work done while running your business (because those two things aren’t always one in the same), the best ways to structure your day, and how to keep clients and referrals coming in. It takes that long to feel like you sort of have things under control.
So if you’re new to this game and feel overwhelmed, remember: THAT’S NORMAL. It’s normal to feel like you have a zillion things to learn. In fact, that’s one of the perks of becoming your own boss — you’re constantly learning and growing — so long as you can handle not knowing everything from the get-go.
If you’re in this place now, use your drive to keep yourself on track, to get through to the zone where you’ll feel more comfortable.
Dig deep and ask yourself: Do I have what it takes?
Even if you hit all sorts of other obstacles, if you can tap into your DRIVE, you’ll find a way to succeed.