In middle school, high school, and even college, you probably heard the terms Type A and Type B. These labels play into a popular freelancing myth.
The myth? That only Type A personalities can succeed at freelancing.
The Freelancing Myth: Debunked
People with Type A personalities are generally more organized. They often find themselves stressed and exhibit a need for control.
On the other hand, people with Type B personalities are more laid back. They focus on relationships, rather than deadlines.
Personally, I find these labels outdated. In my experience, no one fits perfectly into either category. If anyone was truly Type A, why would they want to freelance in the first place?
Still, I’ve heard it said that people with Type A personalities tend to experience more success when running their own business. I call foul. Both “types” can exceed as soloprenuers. In fact, I’ll go one step further. I believe that certain traits from both types are necessary for success.
You may identify as Type B. But that isn’t an excuse to avoid responding promptly to clients, organizing your finances, or meeting deadlines. You may see yourself as a more laid back person, but there are some traditionally Type A traits that are universally expected for soloprenuers. They represent professionalism.
On the other hand, certain Type B traits are just as important for success (and sanity). Being able to take a step back from work is essential for your mental health and well being. And being relationship-driven makes it easier to earn loyal clients and find a positive meaning in your work.
So, when it comes down to it, ignore the labels. And, more importantly, don’t use your label as an excuse to avoid getting the job done right. Whether you consider yourself Type A or Type B, the same traits are necessary for success.
You don’t fit into a nice neat box. You are an individual.