Self-employment comes with a lot of rejection. Sometimes it feels like things never go your way, warm leads are constantly saying “no,” or contracts come to an end before they should. It’s a major thing you have to learn to deal with and try to turn the frustration into positivity. I’ve dealt with a lot of rejection over the years and most of the time it doesn’t bother me. But, there are times when it wears me down and it ends up taking me a little bit of time to get over it and start moving forward again.
In the last year, I’ve worked with many clients and have had a couple experiences with long-term projects (contracts for digital marketing work) that didn’t go fully as planned and ended up not being the best fit. While none of these situations had anything to do with the quality of work or were not “personal” it still felt like rejection. I feel like this type of “failure” stings more than a simple “no” up front before any relationship begins.
In my experience, gaining new long-term clients can take considerable time, and can sometimes be over in a blink of an eye. I’ve learned that there has to be a lot of communication upfront, clear expectations, clear deliverables, and a general understanding by both parties. It’s important that you are both in agreement and that your personalities mesh well since the project will go on for months, if not years.
Since losing two of these clients, I’ve been on the search for new projects and have secured a new long-term digital marketing contract. I’m happy to report that things are going much better! We have clear goals and objectives and our relationship seems to be going in the right direction. I’ve also made it a priority to nurture the other contracts that I have in order to keep these clients happy with the work completed and the overall progress made.
Since initially going freelance last year, I didn’t realize how much more I’d prefer long-term project work vs. one-off design work. I’m finding that it’s been worth the time and effort for me and that I feel a lot better about the consistent work that I get from these types of monthly projects.
It’s crazy how when one door closes (in my case 2), another door opens. I’m optimistic and feel really positive about the future. This has been a big learning experience and I’m grateful to have gone through both the negatives and the positives.
I believe that things happen for a reason and that this journey that I’m on is taking me to where I need to go in order to succeed. How do you deal with rejection? Have you ever gone through a rejection experience and felt that it was for the best? Comment below =)
“I believe that rejection is a blessing because it’s the universe’s way of telling you that there is something better out there.” – Michelle Phan
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