Being a freelancer can be an amazing way to have control over your work life while having the freedom to do a lot of things you can’t do in a regular job. From working from home to travelling while you work, the benefits are endless.
But as with everything, there are a few things you should be aware of before jumping in.
Here are five things you NTK before becoming a freelancer. And being a successful one!
1. You’re the boss!
You’re no longer accountable to anyone but yourself – no one looking over your shoulder or making you do things you don’t like. But not having a boss also means that you don’t have a support network to push you harder or measure your progress over time, and it can be easy to lose focus or drive. So switch it up, ask for feedback and try these tricks to stay motivated.
2. Time management is absolutely key
Being a full-time freelancer is the ultimate exercise in time management. There are some days when you’ll have nothing scheduled, and can use that freedom to send out new pitches, go on holiday or whatever it is you feel like doing. Stick to a routine as much as possible to keep your sanity and make sure to give yourself enough time to finish whatever jobs you’ve booked, but don’t forget to embrace your flexibility.
3. There will be times when business is slow, but don’t freak out
There will also be times when you’re overwhelmed with work and are even turning opportunities down. When you hit a lull, don’t lose confidence – business will pick up soon enough! Just remember to save a little extra cash during those busy periods in order to prepare for the inevitable droughts.
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4. You’ve got to talk yourself up
So you’ve got big dreams to make it to the top of the industry, but how do you get there without bosses and managers to promote you? You have to talk about yourself. A lot. Market yourself and your work well, be your own advocate and make as many connections as possible. You never know where your next opportunity will come from, so hustle!
5. It can get lonely, but that’s where co-working comes in
Working from home every single day with zero human interaction is a recipe for some serious cabin fever. So move your office to your favourite local cafe, or find a co-working space in your city (or abroad!) and work alongside your fellow freelancers.