Impostor syndrome defined as “psychological occurrence in which people doubt their skills, talents, or accomplishments and have a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as frauds” is quite common among freelancers.
That’s why Kim Hobson published a practical Guide to Imposter Syndrome For Freelancers about how to deal with it.
First, she rightly associates the syndrome with freelancers being walked over by clients and not raising their rates because they feel insecure.
She also notes that most freelance knowledge workers live in an Internet bubble, comparing themselves with online influencers and people at the very top of their field or outside of it.
She also offers a remedy: A tool for gradually changing one’s internal dialogue to shift habitual thought pathways toward a more confident freelance self, reminding readers: “You don’t know how much you know.”
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