“Introvert” is a term that has become associated with negativity in the age of advertising, where it’s all about who can shout loudest.
But looking at the roots of the word is enough to realize that introverts might be more valuable than originally perceived, especially in the world of freelance. Are introvert freelancers better?
The word comes from Latin and refers to turning one’s thoughts inwardly.
Thinking about yourself, your own business, analyzing it, identifying mistakes and acting to improve are actually awesome qualities. In fact, they are amazing qualities when you become your own boss.
If you’re an introvert and intimidated by “having to sell yourself,” don’t be. Here are six qualities that explain why introverts often excel when working for themselves.
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First of all, introverts are self-sufficient. That means that they don’t need large groups to function. Coffee breaks with someone to talk to can be nice, but they’re not a must.
Extroverts, on the other hand, thrive on interaction and the energy of others. Introverts are able to derive that energy from themselves. A lot of freelancers who struggle with loneliness might be extroverts.
Freelancing isn’t normally associated with working with other people face-to-face eight hours a day. For some, that’s a curse. But introverts are extremely adept at handling that working environment.
2. Able to reach deep concentration when alone
Speaking of working environment, introverts tend to dislike crowded offices full of people and distractions. It’s not hard to see why. Chatting with your colleagues can be fun from time to time but building your own freelancer business is extremely hard work.
Introverts excel at reaching that deep level of concentration when there are no distractions in the form of other humans around them.
If you work best in your own zone and struggle reaching that with other people present, you might be an introvert. That means that you’re going to thrive in the typical freelancer working conditions.
3. Masters of finding their own mistakes
Going back to the definition of introverts, turning your thoughts inwardly is actually one of the most valuable skills for freelancers. For many people, it can be difficult to face their own mistakes. That’s less so for introverts.
They tend to spend a lot of time focusing on themselves and pondering past actions. While that might sound like grumbling, translating it into a business environment makes it a precious ability. It’s actually among the skills no freelancer could do without.
As a freelancer, you’re going to have to analyze yourself all the time. There are no yearly reports, no colleagues that get promotions before you, no boss that looks over your shoulder. In short, there’s a lot less external evaluation. Giving yourself that analytical feedback is vital to success for the self-employed.
4. Leaning towards strong, long-term relationships
Even in relationships with clientele, people with traits common to introverts can do better than others. Spreading a super-wide net and knowing everyone is not necessarily the way to go when building your network as a freelancer; you don’t have to talk to hundreds of people at the same time.
It’s much more important to build a few strong relationships with clients. These are the kind of clients that will hire you again, that will recommend you to others, that will gladly give you a testimony for your site. These are the type of relationships introverts prefer building, as opposed to fleeting ones.
5. Utilizing freelancer flexibility to the fullest
As an introvert, a regular job might be too constraining. There are things you will simply “have” to do like small-talk at the water cooler, schmoozing up management, etc.
But as a freelancer, you have the control. You are the one who determines where you work from, who you talk to and how you talk to them. This kind of control can allow introverts to build the perfect working environment for themselves.
6. Social media allows for easier networking
Last but not least, introverts tend to be much better at using social media to its fullest potential. As freelancers, they can find a platform that lets them communicate in a way that works best for them.
Furthermore, social media allows you to think out the message. There is less anxiety. You can really think out what your post is going to be, choose how you present yourself and go back and make corrections if necessary. Interacting with thousands of people is a lot easier online than it is in real life.
Can you think of any other reasons why freelancing and introverts fit together so well? Send us your ideas by writing a comment under this article, we’re always happy to hear from our audience!