1. THEY STRETCH THEMSELVES CONSTANTLY

They have the willingness to put in the time and effort into something new, even if it doesn’t eventually add multiple zeroes to their income. In fact, trying new things and creating additional income streams is a common goal amongst six-figure freelancers. While most of them identify as writers designers, programmers, they also bring in money (both large and small paychecks) from websites and blogs, traditional book deals, books they’ve self published, speaking engagements, teaching, and coaching.

None of them—not one—are dependent on one income stream to generate all their income, which of course, also ensures that when one part of their business is generating less cash, they are easily able to make up that deficit through other areas.

2. THEY’RE RISK-TAKERS

Many six-figure freelancers I know advise that writers create a safety net— three to six months of living expenses in the bank—before they quit their jobs to go full-time. Did they do the same when they were starting out?

Mostly, no, and ironically, many of them attribute their success to that very fact. Quitting their jobs and taking up freelancing full-time when they had no other source of income forced six-figure freelancers I interviewed to hustle like no one’s business. They had no safety net, no plan B, and therefore, many of them felt that they had no choice but to earn money, and earn good money, at this chosen career path.

3. THEY WORK INCREDIBLY LONG HOURS

This isn’t particularly inspiring or welcome news, but most of the six-figure freelancers I’ve interviewed work very long and hard hours. While some have managed to hit the magic number despite part-time hours (fewer than 20 hours a week), most six-figure freelancers work somewhere between 40 and 60 hours a week, and some even log in as many as 80.

The good news, however, is that many of these six-figure freelancers feel that they’re working these long hours not because of economic necessity but because they really enjoy their work and like putting time into helping their business grow. Most feel that they can easily scale back if they wanted to without any substantial drop in income.

4. THEY’RE IN STABLE RELATIONSHIPS

Speaking of happiness, six-figure freelancers are typically in stable, happy relationships—many of them happily married for many years—or at peace with whatever relationship situation they find themselves in.

For most, a lack of drama on the home front was an important factor in ensuring that they could work through the challenges in their freelancing careers. Further, a supportive spouse or partner was, for many, essential in getting through the lean times and the encouragement they received at home enabled them to go out confidently and perform at work.

5. THEY SET GOALS

While many six-figure freelancers sail over the threshold without even realising it, most actually have that number in their minds for a few years before they hit it. They work towards the goal, keep track of their earnings and their most profitable clients, and their hourly rate.

While many six-figure freelancers sail over the threshold without even realising it, most actually have that number in their minds for a few years before they hit it. They work towards the goal, keep track of their earnings and their most profitable clients, and their hourly rate.

6. THEY SAY NO. A LOT.

Not one six-figure freelancer I’ve spoken to has felt any hesitation in turning down projects or assignments that they feel don’t move them towards their financial (or other) goals. They consider it a sign of their professionalism to be able to turn down work that doesn’t meet their needs than to take on everything that comes their way. Almost all have turned down work in the last six months.

7. THEY JOIN PROFESSIONAL NETWORKS SUCH AS ADCONNEKT

Such as The Finishers. Just sayin’. But seriously, most six-figure freelancers want to hang out with others who think like them and work like them. Six-figure freelancers understand that not everyone wants to do the work, and so we’re constantly looking for communities that “get” us and share our ambition and drive.

That’s why we have created The Finishers market place called Adconnekt, in fact: To bring ambitious, gogetter freelancers together who are willing to earn 6 figure income by doing work from home jobs.

8. THEY’RE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE

Freelancers who believed—and continue to believe—in the face of adversity and periods of low income that there was enough work out there for them, were more likely to actually hit that number.

Six-figure freelancers make it a point to keep in touch with former contacts and clients and to continue nurturing those professional relationships in big and little ways, such as calling every now and again, making a trip to nearest freelancer events to meet all their peers, or sending holiday cards in the mail at the end of the year to each client. These small efforts often led to them being top of mind for clients and got them repeat work

So what are you waiting for, start your journey toward earning a six-figure freelance work from home lifestyle at Adconnekt.

The Secrets of Six Figure Earning Freelancers

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