Freelancing as a main job seems like a dream.
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No bosses, your mode of work and rest, responsibility for your own success. It sounds wonderful, but working as a freelancer as the main job is not suitable for everyone.
While some freelancers enjoy their free schedule, others realize that they don’t work as well for themselves as they would if they worked in an office from 9 to 5. And in general, it’s easy to see why this is the case. Not everyone likes freelancing. That’s fine.
But I like freedom, so this choice was obvious when I first decided what I would do.
Many people work fine in a traditional office environment. Perhaps because they enjoy teamwork, sharing ideas, joking and laughing with colleagues, or being too used to this mode to become independent. Either way, there are some things to consider before quitting your desk job and going freelance.
1. You will often have to work alone.
Freelancing is a lonely profession. If before you had to work in a noisy office environment, now a freelancer spends most of his working time at home, isolated from society. You can spend an entire day without even hearing your voice once!
If it begins to affect your well-being and mood, you can rent a room to work in with someone or rent a place in an office.
2. Discipline and again discipline.
Freelancing involves much more responsibility for yourself and your work than ever before. No one will count how much work is done and tasks completed.
To be a successful freelancer, you have to be disciplined. Otherwise, you risk spending most of your day sitting around on social media. There are many methods and techniques to help you stay focused on your work.
3. Proper time management.
When you begin working as a freelancer, there is a great temptation to give up all of your work and work late. But soon, such a regimen leads to severe fatigue, getting up in the morning becomes difficult. “So what? We determine our own working hours, so we can sleep in”, it’s a big mistake to think that way.
Going to bed and getting up late will significantly change the routine of the day. Instead of working all morning, you have to work all night. This is not only unhealthy but also turns all waking hours into working hours.
It’s better to follow the office work schedule. In addition, clients are more likely to come in to contact exactly during generally accepted business hours.
4. Working with clients.
You should be courteous, open and obliging with clients. There should be no room for irritation and sarcasm, even if the person is unpleasant. This should be treated as follows: the customer is the boss and should be treated accordingly.
5. Control of emotions.
Before, unreasonable demands and unfair refusals had to be listened to by superiors, now from clients. When such situations arise, it is important to remain cool. The client is work, it is money. It would help if you did not lose it.
6. Extra savings.
Quitting your desk job, you can’t expect rich clients to line up and knock on the door immediately. Before you completely switch to freelancing, it’s better to build up a clientele. You should also be prepared for the fact that the initial earnings will not be much, so it’s better to provide some budget until the rating, experience, customer base.
Despite all of the above, the work as a freelancer has its advantages. You can devote more time to your family, not wasting time on the road, doing the job in four hours, no one will be forced to sit in the office all eight.
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