Freelancing Personalities: Which One Describes You?

by WorkFromHome on February 15, 2012

It’s true of almost any occupation, and indeed almost any person: there are a wide range of personalities that characterize us all. Freelancing personalities have added importance, though, as some of them can lead to more successful outcomes and others can cause real headaches for the freelancing professional. There are typically ten personality types that the average freelancer may be categorized under. Which of these seems most similar to your own situation?

  1. The Freelancing Loner
    The “loner” personality type is someone who got into freelancing simply because they cannot stand working with other people and feel they would be better off working for, and managing, themselves. These people are typically quite driven, although their loathing of social interaction can make it difficult for them to relate to clients and land new ones as their freelancing enterprise matures.
  2. The Social Butterfly
    On the complete opposite end of the social spectrum is the so-called “social butterfly” freelancer. This individual thrives on — and practically craves — social interaction. They’ll easily spread their message across multiple social networks, and throughout their own offline social circle, and probably see a rapid increase in their earnings and number of clients after they begin their freelancing occupation.
  3. The Magnate
    And if that social butterfly’s success just keeps going up and up, they’ll soon enter a new class of freelancer personality: the business magnate. They’re the kind of business owner who is never satisfied with the status quo and can easily expand their freelancing business to new areas, eventually leaving freelancing behind in favor of owning their own enterprise.
  4. The Control Freak
    The allure of freelancing to many people is that it simply involves no boss or management team. They can work for themselves and themselves only, with just a rough direction and a few guidelines to keep them on task. This type of freelancer is typically quite successful, and may even enjoy managing others — which lends itself to expansion and further success.
  5. The Greedy Freelancer
    Still others are drawn to freelancing because they can supplement their income or reach new annual salary heights that their traditional office job did not afford them. Money can be a powerful motivator, but these freelancers would do well to remember that clients are paying for quality — not quantity.
  6. The Work-Life Balance Freelancer (aka The “Millennial”)
    It’s no secret that the so-called Millennial Generation seeks a delicate work-life balance that generations before them were more willing to give up in the name of success. Many freelancers simply what this balance for themselves, and feel that being their own boss means they’ll be more likely to achieve it.
  7. The Reputation Freelancer
    For many freelancers, their name is their brand — and their brand is their reputation. These freelancers are extremely focused on getting credit for their work, whether that means a byline, a statement of credit, or a public acknowledgement for what they’ve done. Every piece of credit boosts their ego, reputation, and likely profits.
  8. Counter-culture
    For many, freelancing is a way to break free of corporate chains and work for themselves in a community of individuals, rather than corporations. They’ll focus their efforts on working for fellow freelancers, or sole proprietors who own their own business. And they’ll brag about it, too.
  9. The Experimenter
    Freelancing isn’t for everyone, and so a large number of freelancers belong to a group of experimental individuals who are trying the occupation on for size and attempting to determine whether or not it meshes with their assumptions, requirements, and business sense.
  10. Semi-Retired Freelancers
    Because freelancing can be done as a second job, or in someone’s spare time, many retired Americans choose to freelance in order to supplement their retirement income or pensions, or to have extra money for things like health care and vacations. Because they’ve accrued a large amount of experience in their field over the years, they are able to charge a bit more, work a bit less, and earn only what they need on a leisurely basis.

Which Type Are You?

These ten freelancing personality types cover most every kind of freelancer currently pursuing supplemental or primary income. Each personality has its pros and cons, and many of them could even be viewed as “phases” of freelancing. That is, many people start as an experimental freelancer and move through the ranks to become social butterflies, business magnates, and ultimately successful individuals. A good number of these freelancers will even turn their skills and clients into a traditional business, using the freelance opportunities they find online as a stepping stone to a better, self-managed lifestyle.

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