I love freelancing. It has truly changed my life. However, it has also made me focus a lot on time management. There never seems to be enough time in the day or even week sometimes. Here are some tips for time management for freelancers.
- Getting something done is sometimes better than making it perfect. You can only revise so many times. Sometimes you just need to finish the work.
- There will never be a perfect time. Don’t let fear get in the way of starting your creative business.
- Focus on your goals. Where do you want freelancing to take you? Do you need money now? You’ll need to finish your client work.
- Say no. Sometimes there are gigs I come across and the pay just isn’t enough. I have learned to say no.
- Manage your energy. I am disabled, so I can’t really put in 8 hours for the whole work week. As much as I try, I can’t. So I need to take projects and have deadlines with this in mind.
- Be realistic. This ties in with number five. Some days I have so much energy that I take on too much work. Be realistic about what you can handle in the long term.
- Be productive instead of busy. There are all kinds of tasks I can do in a day, but sometimes I just need to write. Busy and productive are not equal.
- Sometimes you need rest. If I get up very early to do client work, I may need a nap in the afternoon. With chronic illness I have learned to accept that this is okay.
- Keep a to do list and focus on one import goal you must finish that day.
- Plan, but also do. You can write down whatever you want in your planner, but if you aren’t holding yourself accountable to your goals it won’t matter what you wrote.
I am still learning time management and I feel this will probably always be a challenge for me. But I always feel better when I meet and exceed my goals. You might face overwhelm at times but if freelancing is for you, you will know. Being your own boss is great most of the time, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.