5 Things to Remember When You're A Freelancer

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Being a freelance writer, a blogger, or an entrepreneur can be a very rewarding job but there are also challenges.  You may think that it would be easy but you have to remain disciplined and motivated.   There are so many times that people ask me for advice based on how I do it myself and it's not something I could just sum up in a 5 minute conversation. That being said, I do have a few things you should keep in mind as a freelancer.

Take Advice from Others in Your Niche or Field

I am always reading books and articles from other freelancers and entrepreneurs.  Take notes when you read interviews and learn from not only their mistakes but their successes.  Sometimes all it takes is reading about someone else to motivate you to do even better yourself. 

Stick to a Routine with a Schedule and Deadlines
People always say it's such a luxury to work for yourself but it's not all it's cut out to be if you aren't disciplined.  You need to establish a routine based on your workload and how long you can focus without a break.   You also need to schedule breaks and make lists of priorities.  If you have deadlines, which you likely will, you need to make sure you stay on a strict schedule so you can meet them in time.

Take Time Off
Burn out can happen if you don't let your brain and your body rest.  Some people just work non stop and then they crash.  Aside from scheduling breaks you need to schedule off days and know when to disconnect each day. I always allow myself a couple hours before bedtime where I stop reading emails and checking my phone notifications. 

Know Your Limits
Some people get into a rut when it comes to writing and it can be very frustrating.  Writer's block is a completely real thing. If you are struggling on a topic you need to move on.  Or you need to take a break and then look for things that will get you re-focused and inspired.  Sometimes when I struggle to write an article I look for more information on the topic and then after I read a few article I can come back and finish my post.   

Celebrate Your Success
Whenever I post a great article or blog post I seriously get ecstatic about it.  I brag about it, I read it again and again, and I continuously monitor the traffic I get from it.  It's a great way to keep me motivated and moving forward.  If I have a really successful week I celebrate with an extra day off of writing.  It's a great way to prevent burnout. 

Hopefully these tips help you if you're in the freelancing field.

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