5 Ways to be Taken Seriously as a Female Freelancer

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Let me start off by saying that I’ve never been a self-proclaimed feminist, and I rarely use gender to rationalize anything happening in my life...

Admittedly though, as a young female entrepreneur, I find myself in a lot of annoying, frustrating, time-wasting scenarios more often than I’d like to even discuss.

Having finally gotten fed up for, decidedly, the last time, I’m putting together a list of ways to make sure I — and anyone else who can relate — am henceforth taken seriously as a freelancer.

I’m a writer by trade. I have a lot of people, almost always men, contact me about projects they want help with. I’m also admittedly a conflict-averse person with a very adaptable personality. I’d typically much rather have peace and harmony than abrasive interactions due to blunt, unpleasant conversations.

I’m learning though, that these qualities aren’t great in business.

To top things off, I tend to miss a lot of red flags because I assume the best, most positive qualities in others. Unfortunately, that’s a weakness in the business world, as well.

I’ve had “potential clients” ask me to meet with them to discuss these ideas they have for short films, feature films, businesses they supposedly will hire me to write blogs/articles for, etc.

One of three things usually happen:

  1. They sell me a dream in a roundabout effort to sell it to themselves as well. It never goes anywhere and I wasted my time.

I’m the first to admit most of this is my fault. They’ve served as lessons I clearly needed to learn.

But what about the less obvious situations? The ones where a potential client’s intentions are a lot less black and white? It can get tricky.

Well, these are five tips you (and I) can use to try and separate the genuine from the bullshit. :)

  1. Consider requiring a consultation fee. It might be a little harder to find people willing to pay this if you haven’t established yourself strongly enough as an artist, business, or whatever good or service you provide, but it’s worth trying…especially if you find yourself driving to Starbucks multiple times a month and haven’t seen any money resulting from the meetings. Time is MONEY, and so is gas.

“According to the American Association of University Women, we ladies make only 85 percent of what men with equal qualifications earn. And that’s across all professions, freelance or not,” journalist Jennifer Billock says in a Matador article.

It may seem like you’re having to claw your way out of an endless pit of obstacles and fake opportunities that only leave you disappointed, but if you stand strong for yourself and your value as a freelancer, you will inherently solidify your self-worth and demand your value be seen by those around you as well.

Save your valuable ideas and skills for those who will truly appreciate them. Cut out the time-wasters once and for all.

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