Managing your money as a freelancer

I have been freelancing for almost 7 years now and I had to learn on the job. The many articles I read before and while on the freelancing journey did give me tips and tricks to help me as a freelancer, but none of them really prepared me for how to manage my money as a freelancer. When it comes to managing your money as a freelancer, you need to have your numbers head screwed on tight and quick or risk losing the plot. The life of a business owner can be a rollercoaster. You have to be prepared for the busy times as well as the not so busy times.

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Here are a few tips that should help in managing your money as a freelancer –

Set your prices

One of the first things I did was to set my prices. I have a fixed price for every service I offer. That way I don’t have to research or think about what price to give a client for a job. I know what I am worth and I do market research every now and again to make sure my prices are competitive.

Send out invoices

I know many freelancers don’t send out invoices to clients for various reasons but I always make sure my clients receive an invoice for every job. That way I have a trail of all my jobs, clients, and prices. It also makes submitting my tax returns easy since I have all the records in one place.

Take payment in advance

I like to take payment in advance where possible. That way I don’t have to chase payments (that is a job in itself). I appreciate clients that pay quickly and in advance. Going forward, I will be requesting to take more payment in advance. It saves time and effort.

Save for the rainy day

Most freelancers will know all about how busy work can be in some months and how quiet it can be in other months. I have been freelancing for a few years now and I know the pattern. My advice to not just the freelancers but every business owner is to save some money for the rainy day. Don’t spend all your earn, stash some away for when work is quiet.

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Don’t work for free

These days, I thankfully don’t have people asking me to work for free anymore. My work pays my bills and more, so working for free isn’t really an option. I know my worth and I am very quick to ignore anyone who questions it by asking me to work for free or for a ridiculous fee. I manage my money by not working for free.

At the end of the day, we are all different and we will manage our money in our own way. These are some of the ways I make it work for me. Being able to work for me for this long is a dream come true. It has completely changed my life for the better and I am grateful to be able to do all that I do. Apart from this blog which is my main source of income, I am also a Content Writer, Blogger Outreach Consultant, Social Media Manager, Blog Coach, Authour, and Vlogger.

How do you manage your money as a freelancer/business owner?

Blogging and writer’s block

Some days ago, I wrote about me struggling with writer’s block. I have been dealing with blogging and writer’s block since this COVID-19 Pandemic started. These past few weeks have been a rollercoaster for me with my feelings and emotions going up and down like a yo-yo. However, I am happy to say I have finally found my happy place again and I am now back in my working mode again. It took some adjusting with tweaks to my daily routine here and there, but my blogging routine is finally back to how it used to be sort of.

 

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How did I overcome my writer’s block?

My writer’s block was on and off for weeks and I just couldn’t bring myself to write on some days. On some days, I was in the mood to write but didn’t have the time thanks to all the added responsibilities. On other days, I was in the mood to write but couldn’t think or decide on what was best to blog about. I felt it would look a bit wrong blogging about skincare routines or fashion trends for spring while there was chaos worldwide. Not knowing what was ok to write about bothered me for some time. However I had to get out of that state of mind quickly. At the end of the day, my blog is my job, so writing is a must to pay my bills. Fashion and Style Police is about fashion, style, beauty, skincare, lifestyle, travel and many other topics. So those topics are expected and the show must go on. Most of the topics I now write about are a reflection of what is going on but I don’t want to blog to be just about Coronavirus issues going on now in 2020. In a few years, I want to look back and remember how I carried on thriving, working, studying and homeschooling my kids from home during a Pandemic.

Here are some ways I dealt with my writer’s block –

I stopped writing

When it comes to many things, I find that the more I resist, the more it persists. So I just stopped writing completely for days. I believe me stopping writing and not trying to force the process allowed me overcome the writer’s block quicker.

Read read read

I am still reading a book a week and that helps my creativity loads. The more I read, the more I can write. My reading helped me keep the creative writing juice flowing.

Spend time doing what I love

I spent more time doing what I was in the mood for. So apart from reading, I have been sleeping a lot. I have also been watching some interesting shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Spending time with the kids everyday is always amazing. Going for long walks and meditating has also helped my state of mind and mental health. I believe the time I have spent doing what I love has led me back to writing.

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It is good to see the back of this writer’s block. I have learnt from it and I am glad I have gotten my writing mojo back.

How are you doing?

5 Sites To Find Blogging Jobs

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Looking to make a bit of money from blogging but not sure where to start? The good news is that there are several sites out there where you can search for blogging jobs and complete them from the comfort of your own home. You may have noticed that remote working is fast becoming the new normal. If you enjoy working remotely and fancy yourself as a bit of a writer, there are many opportunities out there if you dare to go after them.

5 Sites To Find Blogging Jobs

1 . Freelance Writing Gigs

Freelance Writing Gigs is a popular site amongst writer types; you can search by type of job i.e., blogging or copywriting. Most of the jobs on the website are remote gigs which can be done from anywhere; however, some do ask for writers in certain countries, for instance, the UK or the USA. Freelance Writing Gigs provides all you need to start applying for some great writing jobs. For those looking to get some blog writing jobs, simply search ‘blogging jobs’ on the site and see what interesting picks come up.

2 . Writers Weekly

Writers Weekly is an excellent resource where you can find plenty of content related to building up your writing career. The site accepts articles about the craft of writing. Having said that, these cannot be common topics about blogging tips, etc. (the site has already produced enough of this kind of content). Writer’s weekly pays writers $40 for a story about ‘freelancing success’ and $60 for feature articles.

  1. Women On Writing

WomenOnWriting is a site dedicated to inspiration and tips for female writers. The site hosts contests and writing programs to help give your writing career a boost. Bloggers who are looking for site exposure can enquire with WOW, and they also accept blog articles to inspire women to write. The site pays approximately $50 for pieces of around 1,000 words.

  1. Problogger

In 2004 Darren Rowse started the Problogger site. He’d just started blogging himself and wanted to connect with like-minded individuals to exchange info about cash from blogs. The site has a job section where you can search for paid blogging gigs with various companies across the world. Companies are usually based in the US or the UK, but you can generally complete the work from anywhere.

  1. Freelancer.com 

The Freelancer.com site is a great place to look for blogging and content-based work. Simply search by the term ‘blogging’ and take a look at what’s on offer. Users will need to bid for the jobs on freelancer.com, but don’t worry; it’s not as scary as it sounds! You simply need to put in your rate and a short section about your skills and experience along with any links. When you don’t have any blogging experience, it’s simple to set yourself up on WordPress and start practicing. There are plenty of blog tips online to get you started off on the right foot.

When you are sprucing up your resume, it’s a good idea to try out many resume templates to create the perfect application. The ideal resume goes a long way, no matter which industry you are applying in.

What do you think of these 5 Sites To Find Blogging Jobs?

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