Freelancing is a sought-after career option because it has two very attractive advantages to offer. They are freedom and flexibility. These two are really something that can easily compensate for the disadvantages that also come with the ‘work-from-home’ job. However, it has been often found that people overrate these two advantages or rather say they harbor falsehoods about these two features of freelancing. Freedom and flexibility do not mean that a freelancer works in disordered fashion and his work is a child’s play. Whatever the nature of freelancing work, whether writing or designing or any other field, it demands as much hard work and dedication as is required from people who work from office as fulltime professionals. A freelancer, of course, can work at home the way he wants to, without sitting in his chair from 9 to 5, but does that mean that they do not follow schedules? Well, if your answer is yes, you are quite mistaken.
All the successful freelancers who have got credits worth vouching swear by schedules and timetables. Discipline and dedication are the trademarks of a true freelancer and they invariably lead one to following a timetable and routine. So, if you are a newbie freelancer or someone who is looking forward to freelancing as career, keep in mind that creating a freelance schedule is a must. If you are one who is doing freelancing without following a schedule, you must also take a leaf out of the experience of these veterans and design a schedule for yourself. In case you think that you can manage without it, you are in for trouble. A work schedule is something that brings a lot of benefits. Check out this list to find out what are they:
1. You will barely miss any deadline.
2. Your work quality will improve and you can take up more work.
3. You will find enough spare time for yourself.
4. You will be in the good books of your clients.
5. Your reputation and credentials will never come into question.
6. You can utilize your time to learn additional skills.
7. You can indulge in multiple freelancing business.
Well, we have enumerated the benefits and now it is time for you to brace up yourself and create your own personal time-table. Seems difficult, isn’t it? It is because it is not easy to figure out an effective and feasible schedule and you have to keep these factors in mind before you chart out your work routine:
Freelancers work from home and thus, for them, there is no difference between home and office but the environment at home plays a major role in how you work. For example, if you are a mother working as a freelancer, you have to take into account your babies and their routine before devising your own. What we want to say is that your schedule must be such that personal work and interruptions do not come in the way and even if they do they have minimum effect on your work.
Nature Of Deadlines And Client
Flexibility is not merely an advantage for freelancers; it is also a prerequisite for freelancers. They have to mold themselves as well as their schedules according to the deadlines and the project. If the deadline is tough and the client is demanding, your schedule is going to be a tight and hectic one and likewise.
Your Personal Capacity
It must have happened with you during school time. You would have charted out a routine after a dismal performance to improve but in your zeal you would have set an impossible routine and thus, ended up failing. There is a great lesson hidden in this incident. One must only set such a timetable that one can follow. Overdoing something always leads to failure and does more harm than good. Therefore, when you are making a work routine, get a clear hold of your capacity and set the work hours accordingly. If you can work efficiently for 8 hours only, you must not go beyond it. With time it will shoot up automatically.
Your Most Productive Hours
The schedule of a freelancer is quite long, interspersed with a good number of intervals. This is because they work beyond the limit of 9 to 5. Some wake up early and like to work in the peaceful mornings while some feel more comfortable in the silent night hours. So, while scheduling your time, you must take into account the productive hours and make sure that they are the topmost priority when you are allotting time to your assignment.
If Possible Assign Separate Time For Phone Calls And Other Works
Many freelancers often complain that phone calls and replying to emails eats up their time and also hinders the flow of their work which is pretty true. So, while creating your freelance schedule, you can allocate a separate hour or so to deal with these disturbing tasks. Though it is difficult to find such time, it is not impossible and there are also a good number of freelancers who have adopted this step.
Working in a scheduled manner has got innumerable benefits and we have told you about all those in the starting itself. As far as creating the freelance schedule is concerned, now, it won’t be difficult to figure out a suitable schedule because we have told you about all those variables that must be taken into account as you go about creating your personal routine. Adopting something like routine can seem to be a daunting task to many but you have to do it because it will determine you career graph to a great extent. So, do it because you have to but it is not just important to create a routine, you have to follow it as well. It might be difficult initially but if you force yourself in the initial phase you will fall into the habit slowly. There is a very well-known quote that says habits can make you or break you. So, adopt good habits and start with a routine to get the best out of yourself.