As freelancers, our biggest assets are our minds and bodies. If we get sick, we can’t do any work. If our minds are foggy, we can’t produce our best. Therefore, we don’t make any money or as much money as we could.
Unfortunately, the care of our bodies is not always a top priority for many freelancers. It’s easy to get caught up in all our work–particularly because we enjoy it so much.
Plus, if you work from home, you have fewer reasons and opportunities to get up, walk and move. I know of at least one writer who can sit in front of her computer for up to six hours straight!
That can’t be good for anybody. In fact, research has shown that sitting for most of the day puts us at higher risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.
Scott Tousignant, a fitness expert, recently agreed to share information about the importance of fitness for freelancers. I’d like to share with you a brief excerpt from that interview.
Freelancing is great lifestyle–you get to pick your hours, your clients, and your projects. You can work at home in your pajamas (or sweats) and you are constantly learning new things.
But, freelancing can also be challenging. Freelancers face many potential struggles–such as where to find your clients, how to manage your time, what to do when you get sick, and more.
Of course, part of the fun of freelancing is also getting to solve those freelancing struggles.
Many would argue that a freelancer’s biggest asset is their time, and to some extent I would agree. It’s very important for a freelancer to use their time wisely.
But, I would argue that an even more important freelancing asset is actually your health. The truth is, you can have a lot of time on your hands, but if you’re too sick to work then all of that free time is not going to help your freelance business.
Worst of all, freelancers don’t have paid sick days. So, for a freelancer being sick usually means a loss of income.
What can a freelancer do to safeguard his or her health? In this post, we’ll share a few tips that you can protect your health.
Most of us work at home, which reduces our contribution to the pollution, fuel use, and other possible effects of traveling to and from an office.
In contrast, office employees not only have to use a car or other means of transportation to get to work and back. They have little control of how their colleagues use office resources. They also have little say about which office equipment, building materials or waste management methods are used in their work places.
On the other hand, freelancers have more control and decision-making power over our work environment. In this post, I’ll show you some actions you can take to make a difference.
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