Five self confidence tips for freelancers

self confidence tipsIt’s an assumption that business owners are filled to the brim with confidence. The truth is that business owners, just like everyone else, have periods of extreme self-doubt. In fact, it may be true that business owners, because they take risks, suffer periods of low self-confidence more often than the average person. This can be especially difficult when you’re in the start up phase. However, the more confidence you have, in business and in life, the more action you’ll take and action is what produces results. If you’re struggling with your confidence, these tips may help you get over that hump. Here are five self confidence tips:

1. Get dressed

Sounds simple, but it works.  One of the benefits of working from home is that you can do it in your PJs. But if you want to boost your confidence, dress like you mean business.

2. Do something you know you’re good at

As a business owner you wear many hats. You’re the content creator, CEO, sales manager, and so on. Spend a bit of time at the beginning of every day focusing on your strengths. Do what you’re good at. You’ll start the day with more confidence.

3. Offer value

When you’re focused on offering value and benefit to others it takes the focus off of you. Instead of wondering what people will think about you or if you’ll succeed, you’re focused on making s

Sometimes the easiest way to find more confidence is to look at the worst-case scenario. We often imagine much more dire consequences than reality. For example, if you’re giving a speech then you may feel terrified to the point where you just cannot do it. However, the consequences of giving a bad speech are really quite small. When you realize the risk is lower than perceived, it’s easier to move forward.

5. Take Small Steps or Quantum Leaps

If you’re feeling particularly tentative then take small steps to test the waters. These small steps can help boost your confidence as you go. For example, if you’re an introvert, you might want to start with smaller, more sociable networking groups and leave the larger, lead-generation based groups until later (if at all!)

The other option is to dive right in. Skip the baby steps and go big. It’s the difference between slowly wading into a cold pool and allowing your body to get used to it, or diving right in. Sometimes it makes more sense to just jump and see what happens. When you succeed your confidence will undoubtedly soar.

4. What’s the Worst That Could Happen?

Often, the worst that could happen is that we trip over a few words in a presentation, or forget something we meant to say in a meeting. Once you’ve got beneath the fear, the reality is usually nothing like as bad as it first appears.