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How to Cope as a Freelancer by Ageing your Money

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I left traditional employment after having my twins, and I have been freelancing ever since. The decision of not going back to my old job after pregnancy was kind of made for me. Going back to my old job was not going to be worthwhile so I created jobs I could do from anywhere for myself. Being a freelancer/self-employed is not easy but it is worth it. I always weigh all options in life, and the pros of working for myself from home massively outweighs the cons, which is why I am still doing what I know how to do best.

 

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How to cope as a freelancer by ageing your money

Coping financially as a freelancer has been a learning curve. I have had to learn how to ask for the right amount of money for what the job I do. I have also had to learn how to manage my money so it covers all my living expenses and a bit more. Having some kind of savings is important for every one of us, regardless of the work we do. But it is really important when you are working for yourself, as you really have no guaranteed income. The only income that is guaranteed is what you currently have in your bank account. It is very possible to not make £1 for a whole week, only to make as much as £1000 the next week. Which is why you have to learn how to age your money.

 

Ageing your money

Ageing your money is something I have always known about and I have put into practice for as long as I have been earning money. However, I became more aware of this after reading the Wall Street Journal Bestseller – You Need a Budget by Jesse Mecham, earlier in January. The book really resonated with me. It was so good, I couldn’t stop reading it. I finished reading the entire book on my Amazon Kindle within 3 days.

I picked up a lot of tips from this book and I recommend it to all business owners, freelancers, self-employed, and even those doing traditional jobs. The book opened my eyes to ways of really making my money work longer for me, and I picked up many vital tips that I have now implemented in my life.

The whole idea behind ageing your money is you not spending your income as soon as it hits your bank account. It can feel like a delaying tactic but it really works. All you need to do is to try it for a month and see the difference in your bank balance and your mental health. Ageing your money stops you from living pay check to pay check. It helps you get out of debt and stay out of debt.

 

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Having a budget helps age your money

Having a budget helps you stay on top of your income and expenses. Your outgoings are all planned and you are in control of your finances. Being a freelancer means you never really know how much you would make from month to month, so having a realistic budget is important because it gives you that peace of mind.

My income varies from month to month. I have been freelancing for a few years, so I know on average the minimum I would make, so I plan my bills with that in mind. Also, I make sure I keep any extras I get for months when I am short. I age my money by spreading my bills so they all don’t go out in the same week. That way I am never short of cash, and I can keep aside payment for each bill weekly.

 

Ageing my money is how I am smashing my freelancing/self-employed world. It works great for me.

Are you working for yourself from home? How do you stay on top of your finances?

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Money Saving Tips for the Self Employed

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Working for your self can be very tricky. One month can be very busy with you making more money than you know what to do with it. Another month can have you literally surviving with the coins in your wallet. Which is why you have to be savvy with your money to survive as a self-employed person. You can not afford to spend every penny you make because you never know how busy or not busy the next month would be.  This is the reason why many people cannot afford to work for themselves.

When there is no steady pay check, many people will struggle to manage their money. They may easily find themselves struggling to pay their monthly bills, when work is quiet. Which is why I am grateful there are credit facilities like CashLady and Credit Cards to use on essentials when money is tight. You never know when you will need services like them, so it is good to know they are available.

 

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Here are some money saving tips for the self employed –

 

Buy everything you need online

This may not sound like a money-saving tip but trust me it is. I do 99% of my shopping online. The 1% is when I am out and about and need to grab something. Or the odd time we run out of groceries, and I need to head out to our local supermarket to grab some essentials. I do all my shopping online because he saves me money. Shopping in the stores is way too expensive for me. Apart from the fact that I have to get to the shops physically, which costs money obviously, I am usually tempted to buy more than I planned to buy. Shopping online keeps me focused. I buy exactly what I need without wasting money on what the shops want me to “need”.

 

Do it yourself

I try to do all I can myself. So childcare, cleaning, cooking and everything in between, I do myself. Managing my time and working from home helps me sort out my chores and daily activities. That way I save my money. Outsourcing jobs like these means you spend more money. So doing it myself helps my money go for longer. It also allows me spend more time with my growing kids. I am proud to say I have never paid for childcare, thanks to me being able to work from home.

 

Meal Plan

To avoid wasting food and eating out way more than you can afford to, you need to have a weekly meal plan. My health  and wallet has changed for the better since I started planning meals in advance. Meal planning gives me the opportunity to include all I need in the weekly online shop. It also allows me cook from scratch because I know what needs to be done and I plan my days towards getting them done. If you don’t meal plan, I suggest you try doing this now and see how much money you save. Also, food wastage would be a thing of the past as you would only buy want you need for your meals.

 

What do you think fo these money-saving tips?

How to Improve Your Productivity When Working From Home

It has always been my dream to work from home and when I finally achieved my dream to start my own business, I was so happy to say goodbye to long commutes, office politics and unappreciative bosses.

Little did I know that working from home had its own unique challenges. One of them was staying productive while working from home.

It’s tempting to slack a bit while working from the comfort of your own home. No one bothers you with deadlines and the environment is extremely cozy. But as a freelancer, I had to discipline myself. I realised that unless I improve my productivity, I’m not going to get further in my work.

 

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If you’re like me and you’re looking for a way to stay productive, then here are 5 ways to improve your productivity when working from home.

 

  1. Create a productive workspace

You need to create a clearly defined workspace where you can focus on anything work or business related. Create a workspace with a desk and a chair where you can sit and do all your work so that whenever you sit in that space it’ll always put you in the mood to get productive.

Although it may feel comfortable to work curled up in your bed, more often than not, it doesn’t inspire productivity. This is because your bed only inspires sleep and relaxation.

 

  1. Prepare your schedule the night before

Planning your day is the best way to stay productive. When you prepare your schedule the night before, it puts you in that state of mind that there are tasks that need to be done.

A schedule keeps you on track of the tasks that need to done for the day, what time you’re meant to do them and how long each task will take. Productive people are always dependent on their schedule. Without a schedule, you won’t know which task to do and that can be a huge time-waster, if you ask me.

 

  1. Take breaks

This may sound very counterintuitive but taking breaks actually helps you stay productive. Breaks give you the opportunity to recharge before working on the next task. A 5 to 10 minute break can do wonders to refocus your concentration on the next task ahead. So, make sure that you schedule breaks when planning your day.

 

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  1. Avoid distractions

Put your phone away. Turn off the television. Don’t check your notifications. In short, avoid anything that can distract you from working.

You may have heard a lot of people being able to multitask. But research shows that multitasking doesn’t actually make you productive. Distractions take you away from actually maintaining uninterrupted workflow.

 

  1. Break your tasks into chunks

As much as we all want to devote 100 percent concentration to our work, it’s far more important for your productivity to break down your tasks into smaller manageable tasks.

This will help you complete your work a lot faster as it will be less overwhelming to tackle a large task. When your tasks are broken down into manageable chunks, it helps you focus your attention on your workload one chunk at a time.

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