Hello Hello F22 Crew!
I love reading other blogs and watch Youtubers talk about the business side of their online persona. Why else would I make a blog dedicated entirely do it?! I noticed trends amongst almost all successful freelancers/self employed people! We can always learn from each other and implement helpful things into our day. Making sure to hit the gym daily is the one I struggle with the most, but I’ll let you read the rest to see what would help you the most!
Look for New Work
One of a freelancer’s most important jobs is looking for work. Even when you are in the midst of a job, you should always be expanding your network and looking for that next gig. If you are already using Upwork, Toptal, or Fiverr, you know that you can submit proposals and update your gigs to find work. Additional sources of freelance work are ZipRecruiter, Indeed and Flexjobs.
If you are working on a project, schedule time throughout the day to look for new job listings. This helps you shift focus from time to time so that you can come back to your assignment with fresh eyes, and also, scheduling helps mitigate some of the FOMO anxiety that happens when you take your eyes off the job board.
If you have a portfolio of clients already, drop a quick email (or even send a postcard using snail mail depending on the industry and organization) saying hello and reminding them that you are available to fulfill their needs.
Schedule Your Day
If you have a complicated project or more than one project on your plate, it’s a good idea to create a schedule so that you can stick with your deadlines and commitments. Writing out or entering your schedule into a calendar helps you stay on top of things and be able to register the progress you are making towards completion. One of the skills that every freelancer needs (and needs to say in all proposals) is their ability to manage their time and their commitment to honoring the time needs of the client. Google calendar is helpful both to keep you organized and also because it can be linked to Amazon Alexa or Google Home so that you can schedule spoken reminders, if necessary. Also, there are numerous apps, such as Hubstaff that help get freelancers organized.
Update Your Work History
One of the biggest favors you can do for yourself is to take a look at your resume, portfolio, and LinkedIn account every day and add your jobs as you go; potential clients are getting a real-time snapshot of what you are doing and you are summarizing your work while the assignment is fresh.
If you don’t have updated work to add to your portfolio, or you are new to the world of freelancing, create something that highlights your skills. For content writers and bloggers, add articles in your area of expertise. For designers, create interesting examples; both of the work you’ve been hired for and work that you would like to do. If you haven’t created a portfolio yet, take a look at Format, WordPress, Journo Portfolio, or Squarespace to get started.
This seems both obvious and off-topic but it’s important to remember to stop working and get some exercise. One of the best things about being a freelancer is that you can set your schedule. You have the freedom to take care of your health and you should take advantage of that! In addition to 30 to 60 minutes of exercise every day set your phone or watch to chime every hour so that you will get up from your desk and stretch and/or walk.
Also consider taking some time to meditate a few times a day, even if it’s 5 minutes at a time. Freelance work can be stressful and meditation can help you stay focused and calm as you work on your assignments and submit proposals for new projects.
Read and Research
Stay on top of your skills and industry. Make sure you know where your industry is going and the latest trends. Find other professionals in your industry whom you admire and follow them on Instagram, blogs, Medium, etc. In addition to learning about your industry, keep up with the latest trends in freelancing. Consider taking online classes at Udemy or Coursera or edX so that you are constantly updating your abilities and adding new skills and specializations to your resume. While research is often an important part of any job, your research time can be dramatically reduced if you are constantly educating yourself on topics that matter to your current and potential clients.