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6 Ways To Be A Better Freelancer

As the number of freelancers increase, you’ll start to feel the pressure of competition. To stand out from the crowd you have to consistently work on yourself to be the best freelancer in the industry.

 

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Although being the best is not easy, it’s not impossible either. All you need to do is to be committed to following these 6 simple things that will make you a better freelancer.

 

  1. Plan your week

Freelancers thrive in efficiency. If your schedule or routine is disorganized, it can affect the quality of your work and the speed of your delivery.

That is why successful freelancers make sure they plan ahead of time. They plan their year, quarter, month, weeks and days in advance.

You may not have to plan that far but you should at least have a clear picture of how you want your month to be, the goals you want to achieve and the exact things you need to do during the week to make sure you get there.

 

  1. Develop your skills

Freelancers never stop learning. If you want to get better then you need to set aside time everyday to hone your skills and develop your craft.

Which aspect of your skills do you think needs a lot of work right now? Dedicate time to improve that skill. The more you work on it the better you will get.

 

  1. Under promise, over deliver

Clients love freelancers who are able to satisfy their needs far above their expectations. The way to do that is to under-promise and over deliver.

Most freelancers promise heaven on earth when they pitch to their clients but hardly put in the work that will meet that standard.

A good freelancer will stay humble about their promises and then strive to give their clients the best.

 

  1. Exercise to stay healthy and stimulate brain activity

It’s sad that few freelancers

\engage themselves in regular exercise. You may be working from home but you must never neglect your health.

Set aside time – at least three days a week – to exercise your body.

Exercise helps to stimulate brain activity. This will help you stay sharp and alert while working on client work. Exercise also helps to boost your mood.

If you can, try to schedule exercise in your planner everyday so that you begin your work pumped anytime you’re ready to work.

 

  1. Build your personal brand

Your potential clients won’t get to know you if you just hide behind freelancing sites like Upwork. To increase your reach you need to work on building your personal brand.

Share valuable tips on social media, create helpful content on your blog, and engage with owners of brands and companies. Put yourself out there and let people know about your skills.

As more people get to know you and what you are capable of offering, you will be seen as a go-to person in the industry.

 

  1. Collaborate with other freelancers

Freelancing is a lonely business, but you need to realize that you can’t succeed as a freelancer alone. Collaboration pushes you to reach out to make friends with like-minded people in the world of freelancing.

As you collaborate with other freelancers it’ll expose you to a larger audience, plus you get to learn more about the trade from the eyes of another freelancer.

 

Do you have any freelancing tips to share? Please do share in the comment section below.

 

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Work From Home Would Not Work For You

Many people love the idea of being able to work from home or from anywhere. The fact that you can work in bed with your pyjamas on if you like, and not have to commute sounds appealing to many. It is also amazing when you have kids as you don’t have to deal with the expensive childcare fees and all. It also allows me bring up my kids which is a blessing.

Working from home is the dream. I have been working from anywhere for a few years now and I won’t have it any other way. But this way of life would not work for many.

 

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So why won’t working from home work for you? Here are some of the main reasons why –

 

You get easily distracted

Now this is a major issue. If you are the type of person that gets easily distracted, working from home would not work for you. With no boss to micromanage you, you could easily find yourself spending hours doing nothing. With the many social media platforms and entertainment everywhere you turn, you have to be serious-minded enough to ignore distractions to work from home effectively.

 

Addicted to the TV

Being addicted to the TV is a major issue for many, which is why working from home will not work for them. I am not a huge TV fan. I watch few selected programmes on replay. So you will never catch me watching TV all day. Which is why I can get many things done. If you know you will be tempted to pop the TV on while working, then maybe getting a job outside your home would work better for you.

 

You get easily bored or down when by yourself

I like the company of others and I also like just being by myself. I don’t get bored or down easily because I truly enjoy the company of myself. Being an introvert makes working from home very easy. It does get lonely sometimes, and some days are harder than normal but it works great for me overall. If you prefer to be in the company of others or you get easily get bored, then working from home may not be right for you personality.

 

Poor money management skills

Working from home usually means you are self-employed. For you to run your own business from home or from anywhere successfully, you must have great money management skills. You must be on top of your finances to make it work. Every penny must be accounted for. If you struggle with managing your money, then a job with a steady salary may be the best bet for you.

 

No passion

In other for you to be successful, you have to be passionate. No passion means no determination. For you to carry on, especially in the early days when work is few and far between, your passion and determination will carry along.

 

Working from home is a blessing. It is a dream come true for me and I always count my blessings. But it is not the best for many, which is why I decided to write this post so people don’t struggle with what they are not good at.

 

Do you work from home? Please share your thoughts on this.

Working from Home and Mental Health

Working from home is tough, especially when you have other responsibilities to bother. I find some days are harder than others. On some days I am struggling to catch up on my endless to-do list and dealing with all sorts of work requests. Which is good because it means that I am busy, therefore my bank balance would be busy. But then I have to ensure I hit all deadlines and that my 2 kids are happy. Then on quiet days, I panic and worry about it being quite, and me not being busy. Even though I was so busy a few days ago. It sounds mad but it is true.

 

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Working from home is beautiful. It is what I have always dreamed of and I am happy I am finally living my dream. But it also takes its toll on my mental health sometimes. I am a worrier by nature. I worry about silly things most of time, and I do get anxious sometimes. So the stresses of working from home, on my own most of the time, with me being my own boss comes with its pros and cons, like any other job. There is no one to blame if something goes wrong. No one really understands how I go about what I do so it can be tricky to explain, and I don’t know anyone going what I do in real life, so it can be lonely sometimes.

Having said that, I won’t change what I do for anything in the world. The pros of being a freelancer outweighs the cons for me massively, so that is not going to change. Which means I have to find a solution to my worry. So how do I stop worrying and how do I take care of my mental health? I am not one to dwell on problems, I always look for solutions instead. Here are a few things I will be doing to help my work and state of mind.

 

Early to Bed

I normally work for as many hours as I can. I am usually in bed after midnight on most days, which is not good enough, since I am usually awake at 6am thanks to my early bird kids. Which leaves me feeling horrible in the mornings.

Early to bed is my going forward. I have decided to go to bed as early as possible on most nights, so I can get 8 hours sleep. I work better when I am well rested.

 

Take Time Off

I am hoping to take more time off work this year. I usually continue working even on Holidays, except for Christmas, which isn’t great but you don’t get to take many days off when you work for yourself.

Going forward, I plan to take some more time off work, regardless of how busy or quiet it is. When I need it, I will take it. I also need to try switching off work a bit more, especially on weekends.

 

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Motivate Myself

Motivating myself is easily done. I am good at motivating myself naturally. I always says the fear of having no money and not being able to work from home are my greatest motivators.

I need to keep myself motivated. I find business, self-help and inspirational books very motivating. So I make sure I read few chapters of a good book on my Kindle every day.

 

Enjoy the Outdoors

I do the school run so I get out of the house everyday. Weekends are usually packed with all sort of activities, which means I get to do other things outside the house which is great.

This is going to continue even when the kids are on holiday. Weather permitting and with the kiddies’ cooperation, I aim to get out of the house everyday, even if it is just for long walks or to let loose in the garden. Being outdoors is great for general health. I also plan to work in my garden during the summer months.

 

Spend Wisely

Working from home and running your own business means you usually get to manage your money yourself. This can be a blessing and a curse depending on how you are with money. I am quite good with me. I am more of a saver than a spender, and this has helped me in the unpredictable world of freelancing.

I plan to continue the way I am with money. Spending wisely and saving as much money as I can so I don’t worry too much when work is quiet.

 

How do you find working from home? Does it affect your mental health?

 

 

 

 

 

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