I’ve been working as a Freelancer for almost two decades. It is not an easy ride. Some days are excellent and some days are not so good, to put it mildly, but one thing stands out. I’ve been self-employed and haven’t felt the need to search for a full-time job since I started working on the internet and as a freelancer.
The Internet is an excellent medium. To say the least, quite strong. Stories like Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sales convince me that the best is yet to come. With the global rollout of 5G, I expect additional possibilities to emerge on the internet. The spectrum creates a massive and fair playing field for anyone ready to cash in with both hands.
As a freelancer, one of the most crucial aspects that will contribute to your success is time management.
Self-employment is not simple; it needs the same degree of time and effort commitment as a 9 to 5 job.
Keeping track of time and adhering to a schedule can be difficult, especially if you are alone in your home office with no one to assist you with your job. It takes discipline to constantly look for new jobs, communicate with clients, and manage time to complete existing tasks on schedule and under budget.
Another major reason why some freelancers are forced to return to full-time work, in my opinion, is that they complete tasks but do not deliver them on time.
The time lag plays a significant role in disturbing the faulty schedule, and you are then trapped in a vicious loop of poor project management. This arises when you win new projects but are unable to deliver the existing ones on schedule.
A freelancer may make a livelihood on freelancing alone. Yes, they can. I’ve been there, done that.
How to become a successful Freelancer?
- Learning technological skills.
- Learning communication skills. Written English is highly crucial.
- An excellent sales pitch to win projects.
- Quick response to the client’s messages. Remember, communication is the key.
- Maintaining a timeline for the project and making sure it is followed closely.
- Don’t over promise and under deliver. Reverse it.
- Do not display tantrums in your speech. A good, simple statement shows your flexibility as a human.
- When you finish the work, request payment. Don’t be embarrassed.
- With the exception of Fiverr, politely request that your client examine and provide comments on your work. Fiverr, for some reason, despises this question.
- Make time for yourself every day. Exercise
- Weekends are about spending time with your family. Spend time with friends and family.
- Avoid overeating during work. Maintain a healthy diet.
- Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
- Do not sit in one position for more than 30 minutes. Take a five-minute break. Walk the walk or talk the talk.
- Before you begin your task, listen to your favourite music.
- Take notes when you finish your job for the day. Examine your overnight notes to see what you’ve achieved and what is still outstanding. Prioritize outstanding chores for the following day.
The Success of a Freelancer:
Rich Dad, Poor Dad is one of my favourite books since it contains important life lessons. Never put all your eggs in one basket; instead, save away some money for rainy days. The idea is to create investments so that the cash you put in today may come in handy later on.
Just keep in mind that freelancing isn’t going to be an option for the remainder of your working life. It’s possible that your desire to progress in your job may diminish with time.
The embers in the belly begin to dim with the passage of time. In order to enjoy the advantages, later on, you must create a team that can handle your work while simultaneously investing in other businesses.
Yes, freelancing may help you make a lot of money. Yes, you may make a living off of freelancing work, but you must be organised enough to plan ahead of time. The basic line is that preparation is important!