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I Faked It Until I Made It And Here’s How You Can Do the Same

Elna Cain
6 min readJan 14, 2020

New to freelancing?

Finding it overwhelming?

All the information, advice, strategies, and tips can be a bit too much for the budding freelancer. You end up flooded with all this information and then become paralyzed.

Fear and anxiety sets in, and you start to doubt your ability to actually DO this.

That was me when I first became a freelancer. I’m just a mom, not a writer! Or, I don’t have a degree in journalism, there’s no way someone’s going to pay me to write.

This fear can literally stop you in your tracks. It almost made me quit.

So, what separates successful freelancers from every other freelancer out there?

It’s having confidence in your abilities…and being able to fake it ‘till you make it!

This is exactly what I did and it worked.

Even though I had NO clients, NO experience, NO business knowledge, I was still able to get clients and gain experience and business knowledge.

Here’s how you can fake it too when you’re a complete newb.

1. Build a Strong Network

New freelancers have to start building their support network.

Without having a support to lean on, you’ll start to quickly doubt your abilities.

Who is in my support group?

My husband for one. I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without his full-fledged support. He was the one who gave me the idea to find some work online.

I also lean on Lorraine Reguly, another freelancer, and blogger. She lives in the same town as me, and we regularly meet for coffee. We motivate each other one and after every meeting both of us have tons of great ideas that we want to start implementing right away!

I also belong to several mastermind groups and private social groups.

The point is, as freelancers, we are often doing this alone. We don’t have co-workers to riff raff with.

If you don’t have the support at home, use a community like Medium to find other designers, copywriters, proofreaders and the…

Elna Cain

SaaS freelance writer & mom with real-world marketing experience. Mentors writers on her blog Need a writer?