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Freelance Careers for the People Person

Working freelance can be an excellent way to take the reins of your career, to be self-sustaining, and to build a business that you reap the full benefits from in time. However, a common issue faced by many working for themselves is a sense of isolation and loneliness. A lot of freelancing involves spending plenty of time without human contact, so here we’re going to look at the careers that put you in touch with others to make use of those people skills.

 

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Virtual Assistant

Though can do it from home like many other freelancing careers, the difference in being a virtual assistant is that you are always constantly helping someone else. Usually, these are business owners who will interface with you regularly to allocate work and ask for help on admin and organizational tasks. Some virtual assistant roles will require you to answer the phone and put on your best demeanor, good for those who like front-facing roles.

 

Nursing

If you already have nursing experience, then you could already be more than halfway to a fulfilling freelance career. Care homes, hospitals, and many other establishments will hire temporary nurses, giving you the opportunity to travel around the country and work with a broad spectrum of people. The more experienced you are, the more your services will be in demand, so an online family nurse practitioner track could really open up your options. If you’re in it primarily to care for patients, a lot of freelance nurse work can involve private duty care which means spending more time with individuals.

 

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Social media
Socializing isn’t all face-to-face. This is a fact of life that many businesses are becoming more aware of as they look to social media as their next great frontier. If you have a little network savvy about you, then you could learn about social media marketing and apply that growing expertise to businesses who are looking to expand online. More and more businesses are jumping online and need people who already know the formats and know what works. There’s a great sense of fulfilment to concocting a strategy and watching a community grow thanks to your efforts, as well.

 

Teaching

Do you have experience teaching or some expertise in a field of study or industry that could be helpful to those newbies looking for a little help? There are tons of opportunities for freelance tutoring not just for kids in school but for adults looking to find a way into a specific field of life. Not only can you teach in one-on-one scenarios, but you can also launch courses online thanks to a growing number of platforms allowing for new educators to get their classes established and set-up for anyone around the world to attend.

A sense of community and of connection to others can be a very important factor in what makes a career fulfilling to you. If you know that you’re a people person, make sure that you find a career for yourself that puts you in contact with others.

 

What do you think of these freelance careers? Do sound off in the comments section.

 

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How to Check, Chase and Choose as a Freelancer

Being a freelancer is great, but like every business it does have its challenges. One of the main challenges we face as freelancers is when clients don’t pay for our services. It can be frustrating at times when you put in so much work only to spend hours chasing a payment.

Thankfully there is a 3 step process to help with this freelancing issue – the Check, Chase and Choose. In this article I will walk you through what the 3 Cs are and how you can use them.

 

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What brought about the 3Cs?

A study was conducted on freelance web designers and it was discovered that 6 out of 10 of them had to wait for months past their invoice due date to get paid. And some didn’t get paid at all. Oftentimes such freelancers had to write-off such payments. At the end of the day, all effort put into the freelance project ends up to be a waste of time. Which amounts to a huge loss for the freelancer.

Although this study was only conducted on freelance web designers, there is a high chance that there are so many other freelancers in various industries facing the same problem. Some freelancers are forced to borrow money to be able to feed themselves and pay their bills.

The only way out of this massive issue is be extremely vigilant and proactive when the client seems to delay payment.

 

Step #1 Check

Although the case is not the same with every freelancer, one of the reasons why some freelancers are paid long after the due date on their invoices is because their clients experience a hitch with their invoices. Either the client ends up not receiving an invoice or the invoice is not produced when the project commences. Most times freelancers will interpret silence from the client’s end as “all is well” only to find out the contrary.

In such an instance, as a freelancer you must check back with the client to find out if your client received the invoice. You should also check the client is aware of the due date. The sooner you check on your client the better. Don’t let a week pass by without checking in on your client to find out if they received their invoice or if they experienced hitches. This will save you from future payment issues.

You should also ensure the invoice is produced in the right format in order to avoid payment delays.

 

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Step #2 Chase

Once you have confirmed that your client received their invoice, the next thing you need to focus on is chasing after your money. This stage is all about reminding your client of the payment date. And the options you have by right to recover your money from your client.

When you are approaching your payment date, make sure that you remind your client about the payment date. Especially if your payment date states within 30 days. Some clients may have forgotten all about you.

If your client delays payment to the last day, alert your client on the actions you can take against him or her for your payment.

 

Step #3 Choose

If after all the notices and warnings your client has still not paid, the next step to take is to choose any of the options available to you to recover the money your client owes you. The most common action is to sue your client for the payment of your fees.

This is why it is extremely important to have a freelance contract with your client. In the contract your rights and duties as well as the rights and duties of your client are clearly written. It makes it so much easier to take action for the recovery of your fees when you have a legal contract backing you up.

 

Personally, I hardly ever agree to wait 30 days for an invoice to be paid. I feel it is too long and all kinds of things may have happened within those 30 days. I am more comfortable with a 0 – 7 working days payment date. And I get that 96% of the time.

 

How do you deal with unpaid invoices? Please share your tried and tested tips.

 

 

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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