©2019 by Diana Ribeiro


This week, as I faced a challenge that required intervention of multiple people and a great deal of goodwill, I pondered about what global efforts and working in a team means for self-employed people.

“Celebrating your success as a team will bring employees closer together, inspire conversation and boost a sense of well-being.”

—Lindy Brewster


While the freelance revolution is upon us and companies all over the world are adapting to its nuances, freelancers themselves also must adapt and get into the right mindset.

Freelance work requires a business mindset

You might have all the knowledge and technical aspects of your craft mastered, but you have to develop an entrepreneurial mind to become a successful freelancer. In the article you can read that freelancers who are successful “are people who know how to present themselves, think like entrepreneurs, keep their skills up to date, and build effective reputations and relationships.”

Successful freelancers have mastered these entrepreneurial skills and behaviours:

  1. Make strategic decisions about what clients and projects to accept.

  2. Devote time to plan their business, and allocate time to work on it.

  3. Proactively discover what skills they need to develop to stay at the top of their performance.

  4. Cultivate relationships with the people around them (in virtual and real life). They understand that networking is connecting and providing value.

  5. Show consistency and discipline in how they plan, execute and deliver their projects.

  6. Keep innovating and thinking creatively. In other words: be curious!

From reading the article, I could better understand how important it is to have a business mindset when you are a freelancer. Treat your work as you would treat a business, and create a plan for it.

There is a right mix of independence and collaboration

Freelancers love their independence. Being able to set their own schedule and work around family commitments are two of the top perks reported by those who work outside the 9-to-5 norm.

But being independent doesn’t mean that you can ditch effective communication. In fact, you should pay extra attention to the way you interact with others.

“Great freelancers are excellent at recognizing that clients and fellow teammates are experts in their respective fields and they’re highly cognizant of the need to have everyone they work with enjoy their working relationship.”

The quote above come from an insightful article on the things that freelancing teaches you about teamwork.

If you want to know how to use your freelancer skills to be a better team player, here are the main takeaways:

  1. Document everything, and keep teammates informed about the project at hand. If they understand your processes, they’ll be able to make small changes to the project and build upon it until the final deliverable.

  2. Use your project management skills and leverage your proactive instincts. Successful freelancers always have the end goal in mind: use this insight to help your team overcome possible obstacles.

  3. Treat everyone as your client. When you work with a client, you set expectations early on to ensure the project goes smoothly, and make a priority to assure they enjoy working with you. Always be polite and treat your teammates as you would a client.

For companies that want to reap the benefits of having motivated freelancers in their teams, there is some advice out there

Lindy Brewster wrote a comprehensive article on Forbes about fostering exceptional teams, and how working together is an essential part for thriving in the changing landscape of organizations.

I believe teamwork is essential in any profession, and freelance medical writers should focus on developing two of the soft skills that allow efficiency when working as a part of a team:

  • Interpersonal communication

  • Conflict management

The upcoming newsletter will focus on these aspects.


Apothecary’s suggested reading:

The first Ebola vaccine, Everbo©, got its conditional approval from EMA earlier this month.

Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and chief executive officer of Merck stated that “The European Commission’s marketing authorization of ERVEBO is the result of an unprecedented collaboration for which the entire world should be proud. It is a historic milestone and a testament to the power of science, innovation and public-private partnership.”

This collaboration was a true global effort and relied on teamwork from different partners, which culminated in the expedite approval of the life-saving vaccine.

I suggest this article about the journey and milestones of the Ebola vaccine.



That will be all from me this week.

As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.

Until next time,