One of the greatest things about being a freelancer is you make your own hours.
One of the worst things about being a freelancer is you make your own hours.
If there is one thing I’ve learned over the many years I’ve been working for myself, it’s that you need to find different ways to motivate yourself.
This actually applies to working in an office as well, but I find having meetings and coworkers who count on you tend to act as motivation most days.
It’s built in. It’s unsaid.
As a freelancer, you’re often on your own — in a coffee house or home office — and the people counting on you are far away. Maybe you’ve never even met them in person. Click Here to Read Article …
When I first started working from home, I was still on someone else’s clock. I was lucky enough to have a boss who would be cool with us occasionally working in our home office.
Of course, at this point, I didn’t have a home office. I had a room. Since my housemates kept odd schedules, they were often home when I was working.
It was then that I learned how to avoid distractions while working at home. I couldn’t do my own thing — I was supposed to be working. Someone was paying me to do it!
Fast-forward a few years: I’d branched out on my own as a freelancer. This is when distractions became more easy to justify and harder on my wallet. If I kept vacuuming and knitting when I was supposed to be working, my paycheck wouldn’t appear. Click Here to Read Article …
Most Mondays I stare at a list of tasks that grows longer throughout the week. Whether you run your own company, work as a freelancer or are just starting out as an intern, this is a reality that doesn’t go away.
Somehow, every Friday, I’ve found that I’ve completed almost every task on my list as well as a few extras for good measure. Over the years I’ve found a few tips that are more specific than the usual “Get organized” (although that can help). Here’s how my to-do list gets checked off every week. Click Here to Read Article …
Every place I’ve worked, from my first job cleaning hotel rooms to my last marketing gig at a software company, the time off request procedure went something like this: Fill out a request form, hand it to your supervisor, spend three weeks waiting to hear if it’s approved, follow up with your boss and get the approval.
Once you’ve got the approval though, it wasn’t over. You had to remind folks you were going to be out, sometimes repeatedly, and whoops! The boss scheduled too much holiday, so would you mind taking a little work with you? OK to be fair, that wasn’t the case when I cleaned rooms, but it happened enough everywhere else.
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What was the reason you started your own business? Was it to process invoices and file receipts? I’m going to go out on a limb and say (unless you’re in the accounting business) I doubt it.
The fact is that most of us got into this entrepreneur thing because we saw a niche we filled — one that we were passionate about, good at and hopefully, made us some cash.
There are few of us that like tax seasons. But if you’re self-employed, the time before tax day can be filled with alternating bouts of procrastination, frustration, desperate searching and just plain denial. Click Here to Read Article …
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