In an increasingly worsening global economy, it’s no surprise that a lot of people are choosing careers that allow them to be their own boss, decide their own hours, and, most importantly, increase profits by eliminating the middle man.
If you’re someone who is considering switching to becoming a full-time freelancer or if you already are one and are looking for ways to maximize both profits and satisfaction, you’ve come to the right place.
“I didn’t want an unsatisfying career. And I didn’t want to commit to one place – either one company or one location. I wanted to make my own decisions.” – Rocco Baldasarre
Although freelancing may be the right road for you to take, it may not be the easiest or the most convenient. If you’re working as a freelancer, you already know that there’s way more to it than just being your own supervisor.
A freelancer is like a one-man army. You are your own legal, finance as well as creative staff. And sometimes, managing these many responsibilities while maintaining a healthy work-life balance can become very difficult, if not outright impossible. It’s essential to have the right attitude to tackle the task of being a freelancer.
Have a Proper and Well-Defined Workspace
Even though you may not have an office to commute to every day, it is still important to demarcate an area for your work. If your work bleeds over into your house or your personal life, it can get very easy to lose yourself to the process.
While it may seem that you’re being productive while working non-stop for hours and hours on end, this is not a sustainable way to lead your life.
It is notoriously easy for freelancers to become incapable of managing work-related stress, as it often bleeds over into the other parts of their lives, and soon this leads to burn-out.
Burn-outs tend to have disastrous consequences on the lives of freelancers because it leads to inactivity, which then leads to losing clients at a rapid rate and ultimately ends in long periods of time with no income. Having a dedicated space for work can go a long way in establishing boundaries between your work life and your personal life.
Being a freelancer means not only managing every aspect of your work, but also being mindful that the work doesn’t take over your life. Make sure to have a well-defined workspace so that you can maintain boundaries and, in turn, good mental health.