Trust me on this one. I have seen people who were very successful in their day job, but ended up having to stop freelancing simply because they couldn’t handle it.
Deadlines, time management, clients… These are just a few of the things that can drive a freelancer crazy at times and leave him or her wishing for a day job. However, most freelancers learn with experience that there are ways to handle all of this without it being too stressful or overwhelming.
Before we delve into how to get the most from your freelance dream, let’s take a look at some of the good and bad parts of freelancing.
The Good and Bad of Freelance Work
Everyone who has participated in the great freelance dream will easily confirm this: working from home can be as much of a blessing as a curse.
Granted, the advantages of working from home are obvious.
- Set your own schedule.
- Work in pajamas if you feel like doing so.
- Avoid putting up with unreasonable bosses.
The downsides are not so obvious for someone who hasn’t worked as a full-time freelancer, but they’re very real. Freelancing can be very difficult.
- It can be troublesome to get organized and get things done when there’s no one telling you what to do.
- Separating work from leisure can be quite tricky, especially when you’re used to doing both things in the same space.
With these in mind, here are some tips to help you get the most from freelancing.
Hit the Road, Make Room for Freedom
The freelance experience can be quite rewarding and liberating, provided you know how to keep things separated and get things done.
You’ll have to develop self-discipline and proper working habits. When it comes to dealing with the procrastination induced by working from home the solution is actually quite simple — take your laptop and find a place where you can finish your work undisturbed.
Choose Your Destiny, Just Get Things Done
As a freelancer, you’re only limited by your thinking. You have control over every single aspect of your work flow.
If you don’t feel like working in the same old spot, pack your computer and get out the door. You’re free to participate in the so-called “Starbucks phenomenon” where masses of freelancers band together in the nearest Starbucks coffee shop for caffeine and a sense of company. You can even get really creative and exercise your ability to work from anywhere, ranging from a vast forest to a glorious sunny beach.
There’s Some Truth to the Rich Beach Bum Myth
The “millionaire beach bum” phenomenon is perhaps the new emerging trend when it comes to freelancing. This concept has grown into an on-line marketing urban legend of sorts.
Remember those old viral marketing ploys focused around the idea of the “beach bum who works from the beach – but makes $299.000 per week?”
Those campaigns clearly exploited the work-at-home dream, tickling the fantasies of thousands of discontented office workers who craved for liberty and shelter from their oppressive corporate ladders.
Still, the myth of the self-sufficient freelance beach bum is getting closer to the truth as technology improves.
Best of Both Worlds: Get Inspired to Get Ahead
How far from the truth is the myth of the “millionaire beach bum?”
Making a quarter of a million dollars each week is definitely an unreasonable goal for most. However, if you’d be happy earning a few thousand dollars each week, that goal is more realistic — well, why not?
There are dozens of thousands freelancers across the country and the beach is a great place to get some inspiration to get your work done… much better than sitting in the same old room day after day.
In fact, I’ll let you in on a small secret. While this article is not being written from a beach, I can assure you I can see sand and surf just in the horizon. Moving around freely can work wonders for productivity, and finding that one perfect place where you know you’ll actually feel like working can actually be good for your business.
Share Your Tips to Get the Most From Freelancing
I know there are many seasoned freelancers who hang out at Freelance Folder.
Share with the rest of us some of your tips to help new freelancers understand how to get the most from freelancing.
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