freelancing isn’t for everyone, so it’s important to see if it’s right for you before jumping in head first. Here is a checklist of 10 skills and personality traits you need to run a healthy and successful freelancing practice. A lot of these skills are interrelated and build on one another. Some will be obvious; others, not so much. But none are inherent. With work and practice you can develop them, especially if your livelihood depends on it.