More than one person I know has said that they couldn’t work as a freelance writer because they don’t feel confident enough. I tell them that feeling confident is not a requirement; if I waited until I felt completely confident and I was wearing just the right outfit and the phase of the moon was just so, I would never reach out to any prospective clients.
If you take how you personally feel about your job hunt out of the equation, you can get a lot more accomplished and be on your way to finding a gig that is a good fit for you. You may not be feeling confident at this point, and some of us never feel completely confident in our abilities no matter how well our freelance writing career is going.
You don’t have to wait for the Confidence Fairy to show up and scatter pixie dust on you before you can start building the freelance writing career you want. To me, confidence is something that comes at the end of a job well done, not at the beginning.
All you really need to get started is the willingness to do the work of finding gigs and once you land them, giving each one your best shot. If you show up and follow your client’s instructions carefully, you are well on your way to building a successful freelance writing career, whether you happen to feel confident or not.
One more thing…..
Feeling a bit insecure about your writing abilities can work for you in a positive way if it means that you take extra care to read and follow your instructions properly because you don’t want to make a mistake and lose the client. I think some level of insecurity is normal and you can decide whether you want to treat it like an asset or a handicap in your freelance writing career.