WORK FROM HOME

Don’t let isolation ruin your work from home experience

Woman sitting on a rock looking out a the view
Woman sitting on a rock looking out a the view

Coronavirus has changed the way we connect with others and when we work from home, loneliness can become an issue. Even if you love working from home, feelings of isolation can still creep in, making it difficult to concentrate and lowering productivity levels — in some cases derailing your entire day.

Being aware of the problem is half the battle, though, so what can you do to ward off these feelings, keep negativity at bay, and stay on track with your work?

There’s plenty of information online about exercising and eating well when you feel this way, and these are…


FREELANCING

Get control of your cash and enjoy the freedom of freelancing

£1 coins on a table
£1 coins on a table

When I started out as a freelancer, money was one of my biggest concerns. How would I control my financial situation given the unpredictable nature of a freelance income?Would I have enough to get by?

It’s easy to feel worried when you’re used to earning a more stable income but there are specific ways to overcome this problem, safeguard your financial position, and feel less anxious.

It just takes a little time to consider, and put in place, strategies to deal with cash in your business. …


WORK FROM HOME

A great work/life balance, but don’t talk back to the fridge

Home office — working from home
Home office — working from home

Working from home has many advantages, but it’s not all relaxed days working in your pyjamas. You need to factor in lots of issues to make it work.

Getting into a routine and motivating yourself to do difficult work can be tricky, but there’s plenty to enjoy about working from your own home.

So here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly of working from home as a freelancer.

The good


MONEY

Set up a simple system to crunch those numbers

Calculator — freelance bookkeeping
Calculator — freelance bookkeeping

Freelancing is a great way to earn good money whilst living a life of freedom and independence, but it does come with a few unwelcome need-to-dos.

If you find tracking and recording transactions interesting or easy, this doesn’t apply to you, but people tend to hate the financial admin that oils the wheels of their business.

Unfortunately, bookkeeping is right up there with the hated but necessary tasks. Even I can’t bring myself to do it sometimes — and I’m a bookkeeper by trade (originally).

But enough of the downer on bookkeeping. I love the results most of the time…


FREELANCING

How to take time out, so you don’t burn out

Freelancing whilst on holiday abroad
Freelancing whilst on holiday abroad

Freelancing doesn’t mean you have to keep your nose to the grindstone all the time, although it may be tempting when you first start out. You can take holidays as a freelancer — in fact it’s critical that you do.

Taking breaks away from home leaves you refreshed and motivated to build up your freelance business. But what about the practical issues of meeting client deadlines?

Will your clients accept that you’re skedaddling off somewhere for a week or two?

Let’s have a look at some of the issues you might need to manage, and how it’s not so difficult…


FREELANCING

Build a freelance career as a content writer and get your life back

Sign saying Writing with a typewriter
Sign saying Writing with a typewriter

If freelancing appeals to you but you’re not sure what to do, you won’t go far wrong with freelance content writing. It’s different from sales copywriting, and typically involves producing high quality blog posts, articles, and other informational material.

Building a freelance career as a content writer offers much independence and freedom. Top quality writing has always been in high demand, and with a seemingly limitless supply of potential clients needing regular content, it’s a long-term career you can rely on.

A key word here is ‘regular.’ To be effective, content needs to be updated regularly, otherwise its value can…


FREELANCING

Why you’ll love love love freelancing

Red hearts on strings, on a red background
Red hearts on strings, on a red background

Full disclosure: I’m totally in love with freelancing. It’s an amazing way to live your life and earn a great living, but so much more. Building a freelance career opens up so many opportunities.

It can help you achieve your dreams in all areas of life — whether travelling the world (pandemic allowing) or simply being able to see your child run in the school sports day every year.

Work/life balance improves beyond recognition in the main when you freelance. …


FREELANCING

More highs than lows

Four yellow smiley faces and one red sad face
Four yellow smiley faces and one red sad face

You don’t need to make big changes to improve your experience of freelancing. The smallest change can make a huge difference if you’re struggling.

After all, it’s not only the destination that matters — you want to enjoy the journey too, and you can make freelancing better with a few simple tweaks in the way you work.

So make your freelancing days better with these seven ideas — try them out one at a time, or plan them all into your new, upgraded freelance life.

1. Regularly review your rates


FREELANCING

Consistency is key

A paid invoice inside a blue envelope
A paid invoice inside a blue envelope

It’s very difficult when a client doesn’t pay on time, or fails to pay at all. You don’t necessarily want to lose them as a client, but you definitely want your money.

Maybe they’re waiting for someone to pay them, so they can pay you?

Maybe not, but managing the situation starts way before a payment deadline has passed — with your invoicing and communications.

Firstly, don’t wait until the end of the month before you send out an invoice. You need to send it as soon as the work is finished. …


FREELANCING

Stay focused (pyjamas are a definite no-no)

Yellow signs saying Trouble Ahead
Yellow signs saying Trouble Ahead

The benefits of building a freelance career from home are undeniable. Freedom, autonomy, and a better work/life balance are just the start. But it’s also easy to relax a little too much and lose your focus.

If you don’t keep an eye on your ultimate goal it’ll be a longer and more difficult journey to the top. So what should you avoid doing as you build a successful freelance career?

1. Don’t: forget routine

Okay, so you’ve got the whole day at home to work and build your freelance business, what are you going to do? …

Alison Stephens

Full time freelance writer, work-from-home devotee, and advocate of the flexible lifestyle. Inspiring and helping others to gain a better work/life balance.

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