Introvert + freelancing = the perfect combination. Extroverts do well in offices; introverts enjoy working from home. Yeah, that’s what I thought, too. I’m experienced both in freelance blogging and being an introvert. I’ve been doing one of these things for three years, and the other one for my entire life.
This seemed like the ideal occupation for me, but it still imposed struggles and limitations that made me flip out. It wasn’t about the tasks being too challenging. It was about lacking challenges that would make this career more interesting. It was because of my prejudices. You know all those myths about introvert freelancers? I used to believe them. I headed head over heels into this profession, believing I would enjoy spending all my time at home, alone, doing what I loved to do. It didn’t take long before the job became too boring and I realized I needed to change my mindset. I needed to demystify the myths.Myth #1: Introverts Lack Self-Awareness
I was never confident in the work I was doing, and I always thought someone else could do it better than me. I was not aware of my own capacity, talents, and even goals. That’s what an introvert is supposed to look like, right? Wrong!
There is no connection between being an introvert and low self-awareness. In fact, introverts are very aware of every action they take. They think about the possibilities. They try to predict the outcome. We are a bit too self-aware. And that’s something we need to change.
Introverted people live in a mostly extroverted society. We know that everyone expects us to fit in, so we pay a lot of attention to those expectations. We strive for perfection, because we’re too concerned about what people think. It doesn’t have to be that way.
In freelance blogging, you do what you’re best at. You write. Sometimes people like your work, sometimes they don’t. If critiques hit you too hard, you won’t be able to make progress in this career.
Accept the fact that some blog hosts will ask for revisions. Some will refuse to publish your work, although you followed all instructions and made the changes they asked for. Stay aware of your qualities. You’re still a good writer, and other clients will like your work. More self-awareness doesn’t make you less of an introvert, but it makes you a stronger person. It makes you a better blogger and it helps you earn more money on this market.Myth #2: Introverts Aren’t Good Sellers
If you wanna sell something, you gotta talk, talk, and keep talking until you convince people to buy your stuff. In the case of a freelance blogger, you have to communicate with your clients as much as possible until you convince them you’re good enough. Wait, what? That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Introverts can be great sellers! Why? Because we analyze! Most introverts have an incredible ability to pay attention to detail. Extroverted people want to act as soon as they get stimuli from the outside. That makes them great sellers. Introverts want to understand. Guess what: that makes them great sellers, too.
You can sell your work even though you’re an introvert. When you have a tendency to analyze the requirements for each task you get, you relate those details to the work you’ve previously done for the same client and the reactions you got. That’s how a typical introvert acts. Over time, it makes you better at understanding what different clients expect you to deliver. That’s what selling is all about in the freelance blogging career. This characteristic can help you make more money on the long run.Myth #3: Introverts Aren’t Good at Social Media
I used to believe this, so I didn’t even try. Anything social is not suitable for an introvert, I thought. And, as usual, I was wrong. We love writing. We can write. We can express our thoughts, feelings, and opinions through written text. That’s what makes us great at social media.
I used to be frightened by my own expectations after posting an opinion via Twitter. What will people think? What if they start retweeting me with negative comments? Well, it happens. Over time, I got used to the social media culture. Now, it makes me feel right at home. In order to overcome my fears I've created my own writing blog and started testing different content types.
Don’t be afraid of social media. Be present on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+. These platforms are great for promoting your work and points of view. The more engaged you get, the easier it will become for you to open up to the online world. That’s how you’ll get more opportunities to write posts for blogs that pay well.Myth #4: Extroverts Make Better Freelancers
Yes, one extrovert may be a better freelancer than a particular introvert. But, another introvert may be a better freelancer than that extrovert. You get the picture, right?
The freelance writing profession doesn’t impose such qualifications such as ‘being an extrovert’. You need talent for writing, design, good use of technology, and an ability to understand what a certain task calls for. Both extroverts and introverts can be brilliant at doing all those things.
Don’t let your personality type prevent you from exploring freelance blogging opportunities. Remember: the personality type is based on general characteristic, and it doesn’t determine your talents. You already have talent in writing, graphic design, and everything else you need to blog in the niche you chose, right? Then, you have what it takes for being successful as a freelance blogger.Myth #5: Working from Home Is Perfect for an Introvert
No, it’s not. I thought this job would be perfect for me, but guess what: I got so caught up in it that I wasn’t getting me time. I was constantly writing, and writing, and writing on topics that had nothing to do with my feelings and thoughts. It didn’t take long before I realized: hey, I’m losing touch with myself.
This can be the perfect job, but you have to set some limits. When I was working from morning to the late hours of the night, I had zero time to make a connection with my partner, and I had even less time to reconnect with myself. As soon as I set the limits, things changed for the better.
A burnout is dangerous for your career, and that’s exactly where you get if you don’t respect your limits. You can make a lot of money as a freelance blogger, but that doesn’t mean you should spend entire days and nights working. Get out, talk to people, and don’t forget you’re human after all.Myth #6: Introverts Are Misunderstood
Many introverts seem extremely cold or even rude, but they are simply caught up in their own thoughts. That’s why we think that people misunderstand us for unfriendly personalities. Well, when you’re dealing with freelance writing, this is only a myth.
You maintain high professionalism when communicating with clients and collaborators, so there’s not much room for misunderstanding. No one expects you to be their friend and do the damn small talk!
Don’t even bother with small talk when you’re communicating with blog admins. Be clear and very specific. No one likes losing time with ping-pong email communication. Clarity and extreme professionalism will make you a freelance blogging star.
So, what did we learn today? Introverts can be great freelance bloggers. Just like extroverts can be, too. Focus on developing your talent and professional communication skills. Keep analyzing the behavior and comments of your clients; that’s what makes you successful at this job. Don’t forget: you still need that precious time for yourself. Being at home for entire days doesn’t mean you’re getting it.