In comics, it’s said you need to be two of three things in order to continue to get work: you need to be nice, you need to be good, you need to be fast. Any combination of the two will do.
Being nice basically means just that: being personable and respectful of others. Being polite. The old adage “you can catch more bees with honey than with a flyswatter” applies. (Don’t waste vinegar on bees. Put it on cucumbers instead. Or collard greens.) Nice will take you far personally, too, not just professionally. The other old adage, also known as the Golden Rule, “treat others the way preachers are treated” applies. (Most people respect preachers—even non-believers. Treat people the way you want to be treated can leave a lot to be desired.)
Being good means just that: being good at your job. And by being good, I mean being so ridiculously good that you could set fire to an orphanage, admit it, and still get work. Okay, fine, you can’t commit arson and admit it, because you’ll be going to jail, and you more than likely won’t be allowed to work from in there. The point remains the same: if you’re really, really good at your job, combined with another one of these things on the list, a lot will be forgiven.
Finally, you need to be fast. Fast does have a caveat to it: you still have to do good work. It has to be at a professional level. Fast work doesn’t mean sloppy work—it means getting the work done faster than it was expected. It’s even better if it blows someone’s socks off too, but it doesn’t have to. It just has to maintain the professional level.
You just need any combination of two of those three, and you’ll be able to continue to get work. If you have all three, you may be seen as a wunderkind. But there’s your tip.