10 WAYS TO LIVE AS A freelancer
1. Stop complaining
A freelancer knows that complaining, especially at work, is a waste of time. The freelancer never does this, because the job is where the money comes from. And money is the thing that makes everything else possible. So stop complaining about life. This step will change your life.
2. Know your own worth
Freelancers always know their value. Your daily rating and price per hour. How much is your time? Rate it based on your salary. Then calculate how much money you spend, spending the evening at the TV. What could you do using the time between work and sleep? Make it your second job and do what you always wanted.
3. Understand the problems
Freelancers always know what problem they are being paid for. If they don’t understand, they can’t do the work. And then they will at least be paid for what they have actually done, or will withdraw the work altogether. Understanding the problem is critical. This means that the freelancer listens well and asks questions.
4. Write down your goals
Freelancers are always looking for new projects. So they solved one problem, what next? There are always several goals to achieve or problems to solve. That way, they always know what to do with their precious time.
5. Make everything “work”
Despite the fact that freelancers have a rather flexible lifestyle, they seem to be doing something all the time. What do you want to do? It does not matter how profitable it is. You should treat it the same way you work. Make it a goal, with a list of practical steps to achieve it. Take it responsibly. Or, if you so need to have a boss, ask someone to control you.
6. Do one thing at a time
Freelancers usually do one thing. When you charge for each hour, you have a real understanding of this truth: you cannot do two things at the same time. Block all distractions. Try to develop the habit of putting all the planned things in one mailbox, or on the desktop, or on the phone, instead of scattering them everywhere.
7. Use network
Freelancers see opportunities in everything and in everyone. These are not just random people you meet at parties or on Facebook. They are connections. They are leaders. And they can be the ones who can help with the publication of your novel. Or join the Rollerblade association. Or introduce you to the guy who knows the guy who can build a helicopter whose plan is in your head. They are people who embody opportunity. Sounds great? Because it really is not that bad. And you can also be useful to them.
8. Sing Your Feelings
Freelancers are their own sellers and PR machines. They are always looking for ways to promote a business. How can you promote yourself the best way? Start blogging. Or a funny tumblr. Or create a website with your work. Create a mailing list and send by mail. Show off the work you do, because it’s really beautiful.
9. Find time for loved ones
When you work in an office, you spend 8 or 10 hours a day among people you may not like. Freelancers spend time on people who matter to them. Put lunch with a friend in your schedule every week. Choose an evening to come home early and play a board game with the children. Planning here is a key factor. And treat this with no less responsibility than to work. In the end, it is even more important.
Freelancers always smile because they are masters of their own destiny and are 100% responsible for everything they do. If they have a bad day, they know a good way to improve it right here, around the corner. If they make a mistake, they deal with the consequences themselves and correct it. And they continue to smile. Freelancers laugh at themselves because they know that fear is evil and smile is magic.