How to handle rejection as a freelancer

292: How to Handle Rejection as a Freelancer




Hey guys! In today’s episode, we’re talking about how to handle rejection as a freelancer… and how you can turn rejection into an opportunity for growth! We have to face it – rejection is a part of the freelancing. Really, rejection is a part of life. But, rejection doesn’t have to derail your progress as a freelancer.

Facing rejection can be tough, especially when you’ve put your heart into an opportunity only to get an email saying they went in a different direction. It sucks, and it’s okay to feel that way.

However, the fact that you’re even experiencing rejection is a really good sign that you’re on the right track. It tells me that you’re having people respond to your pitches, they’re interested in chatting with you more about your services, and you’re getting on discovery calls! That all shows that clients are interested in you and your services. Celebrate that!

In most cases you don’t get a yes until you’ve experience a no or two or more. Here are a couple tips on how to handle rejection as a freelancer that will keep you moving forward toward landing your ideal clients:

The Emotional Side of Facing Rejection:

Be aware of your mindset and remind yourself that you only need a few yeses. Nos are natural in this process. Your mindset is just as important as the actions you take after facing rejection. Embrace a positive outlook and keep pushing forward.

The Logistical Side of Facing Rejection

Evaluate and Analyze: Do a debrief of your interactions with the potential client. What went well? What could be improved? Pinpoint where you might be losing clients. For me, in the beginning, I was freezing up on the “what’s your experience?” question. I’ve talked about that a bunch on the podcast before. You can listen to Episode 210 or Episode 286 to learn more!

Always End on a Positive Note: Always respond positively to a rejection. Thank the potential client for their time and express interest in future opportunities. LFA students are constantly sharing stories about how a no eventually led to a yes in one way or another.

That’s all I have for you guys this week! If you’re part of the LFA program and need more support, head to Step 7 in the course. There, you’ll find a survey to evaluate what’s working and what’s not. Watch the training, complete the survey, and bring your data to next week’s coaching call. We’ll figure out your next steps to move you forward.

If you’ve felt a tug on your heart to jump into freelancing while you have a bit more time on your hands, do it! If you’re just getting started and need to learn more about freelancing, check out my crash course at In less than an hour, you’ll learn all about freelancing, who hires freelancers, why they hire freelancers, where you can land freelance clients, and more about how I can help you inside the Live Free Academy (LFA). To learn more about LFA, visit

Thanks for listening, and please let me know if you have any questions @micala.quinn

In this episode, we cover:

  • How to handle rejection as a freelancer
  • The importance of mindset when facing rejection
  • Practical actions you can take after facing rejection to keep moving forward

You’ll love this episode if:

  • You’re a mom interested in freelancing from home with your kids but you’re afraid to get started
  • You need some practical advice and encouragement to help you navigate the ups and downs of freelancing

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

  • Learn about the ins and outs of freelancing and how to land paying clients in my free crash course. Click here!
  • Want to learn the different routes you can take to land freelance clients? Listen to Episode 228: How to Land Freelance Clients.
  • Ready to join the Live Free Academy? There is a new 12 month payment plan option. Click here and get started today for just $147!
  • Listen to last week’s episode here!
  • Loving the show? It would be so helpful if you could write a review here. Thanks so much!
  • Do you need some help kickstarting your freelance journey? I’ve got tons of resources here!
  • Connect with me on Instagram! @micala.quinn

More about the Live Free Podcast with Micala Quinn:

How do I get started? What if I fail? Who will hire me? Is it really possible to create a consistent, full-time income from home?

Welcome to the Live Free Podcast with Micala Quinn where we will be answering these questions PLUS many more! Whether you’re just starting your freelance business (heck even if you don’t know what freelancing is yet) or you’re looking to scale, this podcast will give you tangible business advice along with inspiring interviews to help you create a life and career that works for YOU and YOUR family.

Your host, Micala Quinn, started out teaching high-school English, but when her first child was born, she immediately began searching for something more. She wanted a way to stay-at-home with her daughter (and future babies), but still needed to bring in a full-time income to help support her family. Micala started freelancing, quickly replaced her full-time income, and now helps other moms (like you) get started and grow their freelance business from scratch to 5K and beyond! She believes that being a working mom or a stay-at-home mom no longer needs to be a black and white decision. You CAN have both. On your terms!

Our motto is Mom Strong, Work Smart, and Live Free. Are you in? We’d love for you to join us each Monday, as well as in our Live Free Podcast Facebook community!

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