A GOOD FREELANCER; A GREAT JUGGLER!
People tend to assume that being a freelancer means you are on a continuous joy ride; on the contrary I would say if you are a good freelancer you will definitely become a great juggler. Nice option right; should you wish to switch careers. Free lancers are not devoid of responsibilities; it is true they enjoy ‘freedom’ that comes with the deal but nevertheless it does not rip them of their obligations. If you are a freelancer or thinking of becoming one do not forget that you will have to create a harmonious balanced life comprising of diverse elements.
If you are a normal ‘person’ not that I am suggesting, Freelancers are the E.T. Version of modern day business world. In fact my point is simple; freelancers have their personal lives, domestic obligations, and their work load of different tasks plus if they are also doing a regular job then ‘heavens may aid them’. Multitude of tasks requires effective time management and shuffling or what you may juggle all the personal and professional commitments with efficiency. Let me simplify things a little for you; for your sake I will assume that you are a freelancer specialized in content writing, married with a family and a couple of ‘cute’ kids plus socially active and doing a regular teaching job at a college. So how do you intend to manage all these activities efficiently?
The answers can be two; you will either fail miserably to fulfill all these tasks or you can effectively manage them all by improving your own time management skills. These tasks can be conveniently done by a little ‘clever juggling’; I am giving you 5 tips in the hope that they will help you to become a great juggler; oops I meant to succeed as a freelancer:
1-Before going to bed each night prepare a task list or ‘things to do’ list in which be sure to mention all the needful things required to be done.
2- Each task should be assigned a priority level according to their relative importance like high, moderate, low and the least. Keep the list with you at all times and review it periodically to check your own progress.
3-You should prepare a timetable for those things that are required to be done daily on a regular basis. For example if you deliver a lecture at a university from 10 to 1 every morning then try to let it known to all of your clients so that they are aware of your other commitments.
4- For a freelancer every minute is important and if you can perform two tasks at the same time that will be great. You may think I am going ‘bananas’; on the contrary I am actually giving you a simple idea. If you are taking a train to reach destination X; carry your laptop or smart phone with you and keep working on an assignment given to you by your client.
5-Maintain communication with all people concerned; your clients, family and even friends. Let them know about your progress vi's-à-voice their requests or tasks so that a ‘bond’ may exist.