If you are a freelancer yourself, you know what I am talking about. If you’re not, try talking to a few freelancers and you’ll know. Surprisingly, freelancers actually have less free days in any given week as compared to job professionals. Ironically, a lot of us take the decision of becoming full time freelancers in hope of getting more “extra time” for ourselves. But the reality is far from it. Forget about the extra time! Full time freelancing, if not managed properly, can take up a significant share of your personal time as well.
You Can Never Really Switch Off
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As a freelancer, you have to answer the command call irrespective of the day and time. Keeping your clients happy and retaining them for the longest possible period is the real deal of freelancing career. Thus, you can never afford to say no. If a client demands something at 9 pm on a Sunday, you respond. If a client demands something on a 7 am of a Friday, you respond. The profession of freelancing is uncertain by nature and you just can’t help it. You can either accept all the work there is and grow with it or you can say no at your own convenience and stay stagnant. It is the cost you must bear, at least in the very beginning of your career.
But Are You Efficient?
Let us for once accept the fact that there’s no way around freelancing when it comes to time management. But are you, the freelancer, really utilizing your time in the best possible way? Are you efficient? Being busy with work all day and all week is one thing and being equivalently productive is another. What if I tell you, you can handle the same volume of work in a proper Monday to Saturday schedule? Have you even given this a shot? No, you haven’t. Except for the uncertain assignments that pop up out of nowhere, you can actually schedule work such that you get a free day or at least free time every day of the week. A lot of us are using *freelancing* only as an excuse for sloppy time management. Stop doing that!
Reach Out, Seek Help Or Hire!
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In a proper job, you have access to the company’s resources as well as the training programmes. But as a freelancer, you are fairly alone. But, not necessarily. Choose not to be alone by seeking help from others. Ask a fellow freelancer or a senior freelance professional about time management. Try and practice the tips they give. When you are overloaded with work, do not hesitate from allocating work to other freelancers. Only by hiring more professionals under yourself can you grow your business exponentially.
I am not sure what the free in freelancers stand for but it is definitely not for NO-FREE-TIME. So let’s not make things up!