Taking the plunge to work for yourself and go freelance can be quite daunting. You leave the security of a wage each month and having the enjoyment of working with other people and you step out into the unknown of working for yourself and not entirely knowing when the next paycheck is coming in or where it is coming from. But working freelance can also be exhilarating and exciting as you turn what you do into your career and business that can provide you the flexibility of striking that work and life balance just right. So how can you make the most of your freelance career? I thought I would share with you some of the things you could try.
Having a dedicated space at home to work
When you start out with your freelance career you are probably not sure what to do with yourself, and being at home can mean that you are faced with a lot of distractions. It might be household chores you want to get done, or watching daytime TV and not focusing on the work or job at hand. This is when having a dedicated working space at home can make all of the difference. It doesn’t necessarily have to be your own office, but at least having a place at home such as desk in a corner or an area to work in can help you to remember that when you are there you are working.
Considering working outside of the home as well
One of the best things you could do when you decide to go freelance is actually work outside of the home as well. Giving yourself a change of scenery, perhaps communication between people and the social aspect can really help you to stay motivated. This is when a shared workspace could work really well. It is also a great opportunity to network with other people and you might even make some new friendships or work connections that could help you in the future.
Figuring out the best time to work for you
Working for yourself means managing yourself more efficiently, and so you may want to try and work out the best time for you to work. It could be that you are at your most productive and creative first thing in the morning, or it may be that you are a bit of a night owl and find that you work better well into the night. Know your positives and your weaknesses when it comes to your working day and the beauty of working for yourself means that you can take full advantage of any point.
Thinking outside of the box when it comes to gaining work
Finally, think outside of the box when it comes to gaining work. This is so that you can make the most of your freelance career by being in the position to pick and choose the jobs and projects you take on, rather than taking on an anything. Social media is a great place to look for work as well as freelance working sites like People Per Hour where you can advertise your freelance services as well as pitch for jobs.
I hope that these tips help you to make the most out of your freelance career.