Freelancers place a high premium on their time—at least those of us who don’t want to be stuck pulling consecutive all-nighters do. Unfortunately, however, we also don’t have a whole team to help with the administrative heavy lifting: there’s just you, your laptop and the cat—and we all know that cats don’t make the most helpful coworkers. Add that all together and you have a recipe for frustration, unless you take steps to reduce the amount of time you spend on repetitive, time-intensive tasks.
“So, how was everything?”
This question is an easy one to answer after a meal at a restaurant or a stay at a hotel but takes on a far deeper meaning when summarizing our work on a freelance project. The time spent immersed in a project is hard to encapsulate in a “Good!” or “Fine!” response, and if there were issues or challenges along the way, such a response may not even be appropriate.
More creative freedom.
The secret to achieving the above?
Working from home.
Not to mention, you can also opt for sweatpants daily when you’re office is your living room.
But that’s not to say that the good life of working from home doesn’t have it’s challenges. How do you keep from getting distracted with household duties? How do you get anything done if you have kids around? How do you stay motivated and focused?
We know working from home takes some serious commitment! With this in mind, here are 7 tips to help make working from home work for you:
You’ve created dozens of presentation decks, written an encyclopedia worth of articles for clients, but still, crafting your career headline is a task you haven’t conquered yet.
Freelancers are often troubled with explaining the most diverse experience through the smallest window. Your career headline has to be all-encompassing in the least amount of characters. It’s a difficult ask, but once solid, it can lead to an array of opportunities that grow your network.
When you work for yourself, being able to showcase your skill set is half the battle and it starts with your career headline. A few key factors can make for a captivating social profile and the world of difference when it’s time to find new opportunities. Let’s explore some examples of quality career headlines and what you can learn from each.
When you think of millennials, do you think of “side hustles?” I sure do.
I find that the majority of my peers are involved in some sort of side gig to bring in extra cash or expand their skill set.
I’m no exception—I’ve worked on side hustles both while in school and while working full-time jobs.
Many people think that side hustles can do damage to your school or work performance due to their time requirements; however, if you manage your time effectively, only benefits result. While side hustling in college, I still managed to get on the dean’s list and, while building a business alongside my full-time job, I was recognized for multiple quarterly achievements.
“Help! I need better clients.
The ones I have never have enough of a budget. They don’t value my creative services, they constantly haggle with me and they ask for more work than they can pay for.”
Sound familiar? Read on.
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