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5 common mistakes women (specifically) make while freelancing (and how to avoid them)

Women are more likely to freelance than men. According to a report by Freelancers Union and Upwork, women make up 47% of the freelance workforce in the US, compared to 53% of men. Facts.

However, there are common mistakes that women tend to make while freelancing.

Here are 5 of those mistakes and how to avoid them:

1. Not Negotiating: Women are less likely to negotiate their rates than men. Don't sell yourself short. Research the industry standard and negotiate for fair compensation for your skills and time. Remember, you're running a business.

2. Being Too Flexible: Freelancing can blur the line between work and personal life. Setting boundaries and sticking to them is essential, even if it means saying "no" to clients occasionally. You'll thank yourself later.

3. Not Promoting Yourself: Many women have been taught to downplay their accomplishments, but in freelancing, you need to promote yourself to attract clients. Don't be afraid to share your work on social media, write blog posts, or pitch to publications.

4. Overbooking: Taking on as much work as possible is tempting, but overbooking can lead to burnout and poor-quality work. Be realistic about your capacity and prioritize your projects.

5. Not Saving for Taxes: As a freelancer, taxes are your responsibility. Ensure you set aside a portion of your income for taxes throughout the year to avoid surprises when tax season rolls around.

Freelancing can be a game-changer for women who want to take control of their careers and have more flexibility. Try it out.

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