Home Lifestyle 5 Freelancing Tips to be More Productive

5 Freelancing Tips to be More Productive

15
0
freelancer.jpg

5 Freelancing Tips to be More Productive

This article is for information only and doesn’t call for any action.

On paper, working from home or a café sounds like the dream. You get to dictate your working hours, decide where to work from, and enjoy the freedom of travel. The important distinction worth making here, however, is that being a full-time freelancer isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Regardless of what service you provide or what kind of a business you run, the types of problems you might face are similar everywhere – time management, stress, for example, lack of stability, and more. So, to avoid these, here are some 5 tips you might want to take into consideration when pursuing a productive career as a freelancer.

1. Plan ahead
This is probably the most important thing you can do as a freelancer to make it far. Traditionally, we associate freelancing with more freedom, while your typical employees enjoy a more stable life. However, once you grow as a freelancer, and develop your skills, your attitude changes. This is not to say that the road is easy. Rather, you should always plan ahead and prepare for whatever may happen. According to Anthony Teixeira, who offers professional French translation services, “It is a mistake to associate freelance work and lack of job stability. Once you realize you are a business like any other, you organize yourself differently.” In other words, if you want to stay ahead of the curve, you need to look at your freelancing job as a business. You’ll go further this way.

2. Quality over quantity
As a freelancer, you should always prioritize quality over quantity. This means that as you gain more experience, you will want to focus on your quality clients who pay more and that you get along with better. When you start out, you might be tempted to bid on gigs on the lower end of the pay scale because you don’t have as much experience. While it is natural for you to bid on as many projects as possible at first, it’s important to eventually drop that habit. One high-quality gig is more likely to get you the job (compared to many low-quality ones) and pay you more, as well.

3. Don’t be afraid to say “no”
Like the above, this tip can be a hard pill to swallow. Saying no can be hard, especially if you’re low on cash and generous. You don’t want to disappoint people. So, you offer to help as much as you can, not considering the load it’ll put on you. Throughout your career as a freelancer, you’ll learn to turn down work and, ideally, benefit from it as well! When turning down a gig, consider your financial situation, your time, and–most importantly–your mental health and how stressful the project will be. If you’re going to burn yourself out on a project, it’s just not worth it.

4. Track your time
Your time is the most important resource you have as a freelancer. Learn to track it properly. There are countless apps and tools you can use to make sure you don’t get distracted. Some are simpler than others. Therefore, you might want to think about what you want to gain out of it, first. Planning and scheduling are key to succeeding as a freelancer, and the best ways to avoid long nights. You need to know how much time a project will take (on average), as well as how much you can realistically get done in one day. Be sure to utilize your free time when you can by doing the things you like.

5. Take a break
Finally, with all said, don’t forget to take a break every now and then. It’s been proven that going for a walk and getting your mind off of work makes you more productive. If a project is giving you too much trouble or you’ve hit writer’s block, don’t be afraid to take a step back. Once you go for a walk or exercise to get your blood flowing, you’ll definitely feel more productive and prepared to take on the project with a refreshed state of mind.

What’s Next? Talk with others. Take action.

We are proud of our SOCIAL INTEREST GROUPS—WEEKLY PHONE CALLS to discuss, gain insights, build communities— and help solve some of the most difficult challenges the world has today. Calls are for Members Only (although you can join the first call for free). Not yet a member of The Good Men Project? Join below!

RSVP for Intersectionality Calls

 Join the Conscious Intersectionality FACEBOOK GROUP here. Includes our new call series on Human Rights.

Join The Good Men Project Community

All levels get to view The Good Men Project site AD-FREE. The $50 Platinum Level is an ALL-ACCESS PASS—join as many groups and classes as you want for the entire year. The $25 Gold Level gives you access to any ONE Social Interest Group and ONE Class–and other benefits listed below the form. Or…for $12, join as a Bronze Member and support our mission, and have a great ad-free viewing experience.

Register New Account

Please note: If you are already a writer/contributor at The Good Men Project, log in here before registering. (Request a new password if needed).

◊♦◊

ANNUAL PLATINUM membership ($50 per year) includes:
1. AN ALL ACCESS PASS — Join ANY and ALL of our weekly calls, Social Interest Groups, classes, workshops, and private Facebook groups. We have at least one group phone call or online class every day of the week.
2. See the website with no ads when logged in!
3. MEMBER commenting badge.
***
ANNUAL GOLD membership ($25 per year) includes all the benefits above — but only ONE Weekly Social Interest Group and ONE class.
***
ANNUAL BRONZE membership ($12 per year) is great if you are not ready to join the full conversation but want to support our mission anyway. You’ll still get a BRONZE commenting badge, and you can pop into any of our weekly Friday Calls with the Publisher when you have time. This is for people who believe—like we do—that this conversation about men and changing roles and goodness in the 21st century is one of the most important conversations you can have today.

♦◊♦

We have pioneered the largest worldwide conversation about what it means to be a good man in the 21st century. Your support of our work is inspiring and invaluable.

Photo credit: By Deagreez @ iStock by Getty Images

The post 5 Freelancing Tips to be More Productive appeared first on The Good Men Project.

March 24, 2019 at 05:06AM

Subscribe to VIP newsletter

Valid first name is required.
Please enter a valid email address for shipping updates.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here