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7 Tips to Stay Productive When Self-Employed

Running your own business gives you complete control over your time. Need more flexibility? And as boss, you have them. But as a freelancer, it can be difficult to maintain the same level of attention as when working for a typical business.

 

Work habits vary per self-employed person (and their own working hours). You’ll probably need to try out a few various approaches before finding one that works for you and your organization. Here are some suggestions for making the most of your working day.

Work habits vary per self-employed person (and their own working hours). You'll probably need to try out a few various approaches before finding one that works for you and your organization. Here are some suggestions for making the most of your working day.

 

Organize

Self-employed people must get organized to stay in business. You lose money and time when you miss work deadlines, fail to invoice clients or fail to file tax returns. Get organized, whether your firm is growing or you’re looking for your next client. Carry out a wifi speed test every so often so that you can be sure that your internet connection can handle the demands of your business (and that you’re getting what you are paying for). Spend 20 minutes a day cleaning up your email instead of checking it every time you get a notification. You may find it simpler to focus if you limit your email admin to set times.

 

Keeping a detailed to-do list is a simple yet efficient technique to stay organized. You don’t have to keep everything in your head if you write it down. Even if you have your dream job, there will be tasks you dislike. Do your least favorite task first, then focus on your favorite work. Make a habit for yourself and set reasonable limitations (e.g. no work calls after 8 pm). Maintaining a healthy work/life balance requires discipline.

 

You may also find it beneficial to read 27 Productivity-Boosting Benefits Of A Collaborative Workspace.

Anticipate

It can feel like waiting for a bus as a freelancer. When there is no work, three jobs appear at once. To avoid being overwhelmed by last-minute work, prepare for it ahead of time. If you need help, develop a list of reliable persons and their availability. If you need extra resources or equipment, do your research when you have time. It will save you time and money. A slow week? Spend that time updating your website, meeting a client, or engaging on social media. Eventually you’ll thank yourself.

 

Take A Rest

Having a flexible schedule is appealing to self-employed people. However, this strategy will reduce your output. Rest and relaxation are essential for recharging your body and brain. To get a cup of coffee or some fresh air, you may chose when you’re your own boss. Your productivity will increase when you return to work after a break. This will help you maintain a healthy work-life balance.

 

Saying No Is A Skill

Keeping track of your finances is your responsibility as a self-employed person. You should know your monthly overhead costs and how much profit you need to make. Some jobs pay more than others, so keep this in mind. In order to gain new clients or just because you are passionate about the project, you might take on a job at a cheaper charge. If a task isn’t worth your time or goodwill, you must know how to say no.

Be A Great Boss! (To Yourself)

A good boss will assist you in your business; therefore, you should do the same for him. Recognize and celebrate your professional accomplishments. Decide what you want your company to accomplish this year, set measurable goals, and celebrate accomplishments along the way. If you don’t achieve your objectives, what changes do you need to make? Just think back to the last time you had a positive working relationship with a supervisor. What did they do to inspire you? That is exactly what you must do in order to keep your company running.

 

Keep Fit

One of the most significant assets you can have as a self-employed individual is your health. Maintain a well-balanced diet, drink enough water, get enough sleep, and engage in regular physical activity. Nobody wants to be forced to miss work due to a nagging backache. Additionally, keeping your office clean and orderly is beneficial to your general wellness. It will help you to keep your workspace and thinking organized.

Finally, Prevent Admin Hassle

Every freelancer knows how much time basic admin takes. While chasing late invoices or arranging a jumble of receipts, it’s tough to focus on the task at hand. Using applications can help you with everything from invoice creation to expenditure tracking. You have more time and energy to expand your business when your admin is taken care of.

 

Have any productivity hacks? We’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.

 

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TWL Working Mom

Jennifer is the owner of TWL Working Moms. She is a full time teacher, a mom & step mom, and NBCT Facilitator. Jennifer lives in Washington State and is a born + raised New Yorker. In her spare time, she loves traveling, yoga, the beach, writing, listening to books and drinking coffee.

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