Setbacks as a freelancer do happen but it doesn’t mean they feel good. I’m here to tell you three ways that you can bounce back as a freelancer.


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Bouncing Back from Freelancing Setbacks

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Hello, Freelancers! Welcome back to another episode of the Freelancers Tea Break, your virtual oasis for discussing all things freelancing. I’m Emma Cosy, here to navigate you through the highs and lows of freelancing. Today, let’s tackle a topic that’s all too familiar: dealing with failure and setbacks, and most importantly, how to bounce back.

Understanding Failure: A Path to Growth

  • Failure and setbacks are an inevitable part of the freelancing journey. While they may not make the process easier, they are essential for personal and professional growth.
  • Embracing failure means stepping outside your comfort zone, where true growth happens. It’s through setbacks that we learn valuable lessons and become better equipped to face future challenges.

Extracting Lessons from Setbacks

  • Every challenge hides a gift or a lesson. Learning to identify these lessons can transform negative situations into opportunities for growth and improvement.
  • Shifting your perspective to see setbacks as potential gifts helps in overcoming feelings of disappointment or shame. It’s about finding the silver lining amidst the storm.

Reviewing and Reinforcing Boundaries

  • After experiencing a setback, take a moment to review your boundaries and processes. Are you overcommitting? Are your project scopes clearly defined? Clear communication and well-defined processes can prevent future issues.
  • Don’t forget the importance of having clear terms and conditions. They not only protect you but also enhance your professionalism and the quality of your work.

Self-Care and Confidence Boosting

  • Allow yourself time to process the setback. Take a short break if needed, engage in activities that bring you joy, and prioritize self-care.
  • Boost your confidence with small wins and activities that reaffirm your skills and value as a freelancer. Attend workshops, update your portfolio, or revisit testimonials to remind yourself of your capabilities.

Combatting Shame and Imposter Syndrome

  • Shame is a futile emotion that serves no purpose. Recognize when shame surfaces and dismiss it. Reframe negative self-talk and remember that setbacks do not define your worth as a freelancer.
  • Explore tools and resources, such as the Imposter Syndrome Freebie, to combat feelings of shame and imposter syndrome. Focus on building resilience and self-belief.

Conclusion: Resilience Defines Success

Remember, every freelancer’s journey has its bumps. It’s not the setbacks themselves but our resilience in bouncing back that truly defines our success. Thank you for joining me today. If you found value in this episode, don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe for more freelancing insights. Join us in The Freelance Lifestylist Facebook group for additional support, subscribe to our newsletter for fresh ideas, and connect with me on social media @EmmaCosy. Here’s to a wonderful and productive week ahead!