What is it that you like most about your freelancing job? Freedom and flexibility, without a doubt! Of course, there are certain accompanying disadvantages but they are there in every job. As a freelancer, you are your own boss and get to control how you work, what you work on, with whom you work and where you work. No other job in this world comes with so many advantages and this is why freelancing has caught on the fancy of many professionals around the world. From writers to designers, everyone is trying their hand at this ‘cool’ job option and they are quite happy with the returns they are getting. But there are times when they think that managing the projects and assignments is a tough task and feel like giving up. Why does this happen? This is because they are delaying some key tasks. There are some freelancer tasks you can’t put off for any reason and if you do you can do so only at your own risk. We are sure if you value your work and are concerned about your future you would take these tasks seriously and won’t delay them at any cost. So, here is the list of those important dos.
Making a Timetable and Sticking to it
The job of a freelancer is generally considered to be easy and many are under the impression that freelancers work as per their wish and thus, don’t need any schedule to guide them through their daily work. Nothing could be more wrong than this perception. Of course, freelancers don’t have to stick to a 9 to 5 schedule but it does not mean that they can work in a haphazard style. If you want to give quality work to your client and create a name for yourself you have got to be disciplined in your daily routine. You can, of course, find a few freelancing souls who work in a carefree and casual style, without following any routine but they are exceptions and there are very good chances that they would end up harming themselves if they keep on working in this manner. If you want you can find enough examples that have borne the brunt of being undisciplined and un-organized.
Updating Your Professional Profile
Many freelancers are so busy in their work that they forget how important it is to renew and refresh their profile on freelance websites and other platforms. A lot of clients keep searching these sites and in case they stumble on your old and unedited profile, you can lose a good project or assignment. So, do take out time from your schedule and make necessary additions to your portfolio. It is vital for your career growth and development.
Just as your profile needs upgrading, your skills and qualifications also need renovation from time to time. Freelancing is, by and large, a creative field and to stay active and competitive you have to reinvent yourself. This is to say that you need to learn new skills and enrich your creative faculty so that you are ahead of the curve and do not fall back in the cut-throat competition.
As a creative busy individual, a freelancer tends to store his computer with lots of material. Since freelancing work demands one to keep abreast of all the latest developments in one’s field, one’s inbox invariably gets jam-packed with all kinds of things. This affects the speed of your system to a great extent and thereby, your work as well. So, it is best to tidy it up and delete the unnecessary files and folders. You must also update the data of your clients and install new and necessary software. This exercise also has positive psychological impact and it makes you feel lighter and fresh.