So, you’ve finally broken free from the 9-5 mold and set out as a freelancer. Whether that means you’re an artist, a writer, or an IT specialist, your journey has only just begun. As opposed to working as an employee for a company, you’ve probably noticed a few differences in your workload and responsibilities. While your company population is now in the single digits, it’s important to remember that even freelancing is a business. The best part? Businesses can be improved. Here are some examples of how you can streamline your freelancing business.
Outsource Areas of Inexpertise
One thing you need to learn really fast is the art of delegation. There are probably main areas of your business like accounting, networking, or tech skills that you aren’t as familiar with. Instead of spending valuable time learning from YouTube videos about how to do certain things in your company that you lack expertise in, you might want to consider outsourcing. By reaching out to IT consulting firms and hiring a financial advisor, you can save precious time and focus on what you really love to do. Bonus points? Bouncing ideas off of other professionals about your business model or tech decisions can give you valuable input to minimize your personal blind spots.
Organize Your Time
You’re going to realize very quickly how stressful freelancing can get. What’s important to remember here is that setting boundaries for your time is an essential aspect of responsible freelancing. Use a time management system such as Asana to keep track of project deadlines and client meetings, and do what you can to organize your thoughts. Keeping lists and Kanban charts are great ways to measure out your workload to a manageable pace.
As a freelancer, you no longer have an HR representative to go to for conflict resolution, and you don’t have set boundaries on your time. Prevent burnout by protecting your free time with certain routines that will keep you from going overboard on freelancing work. Plan ahead to make sure that you’re not needlessly procrastinating, and keep flexible space in your calendar for opportunities to let off steam. If you’re overtired and overworked, the quality of your work and your life will decrease.
When it comes to freelancing, it’s probably a major shift in the way you’re used to thinking about work. Learning how to delegate and outsource, organize your time more efficiently, and set boundaries to protect your time and mental health will be essential ways to boost your success and satisfaction with your new work life.
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