As most of you already know (well, I think), I spent a lot of my days over the past few months, working for a razor subscription service called Friction Free Shaving. Until last week, when I get laid off. Yeah, it sucked, but it’s to be expected when you’re working for a start-up or as a freelancer, and I guess it’s just part of the working life. I’m ever so grateful for the experience it gave me, and now I’ve accepted it’s just a part of life, I’m happy being self-employed again.
I can leave my flat whenever I want, I can work whenever I want, and I can earn up to as much money as I want (depending on how productive I’m feeling). However, it can be dangerous when you don’t get yourself into a routine. You can spend hours in bed, not doing any work, and before you know it, your partners home from work and that’s the day over. Obviously, it has its ups and downs, so I thought I’d share my best tips to getting the best out of your freelancing/self-employment.
As I said before, a routine is 100% key. I'm definitely not a morning person, and waking up at 7:00 am is definitely a struggle. So, to suit me better, I set my alarm for 8:30, move straight from bed and get into the shower. I find once I’m dressed, make-up’s on and breakfast is eaten, I feel as ready to start my working day as if I would be in an office. I make sure I’m comfy, whether that be the sofa or a desk. At the moment I don’t have a desk, so the sofa is my workspace at the moment. I just make sure there’s no PLL on! I also make sure I take regular breaks for lunch, and a little walk to the shop to make sure I’m getting out and about.
I literally can’t function unless there’s something written in front of me. My brain can’t remember more than 1 thing at a time, so a To-Do list helps calm my brain down. I always start off with the longest task, I know some people hate working this way but for me, it gets the worst one out the way, and then the following tasks seem 10x as fast!
Treat Your Self
Don’t forget to go for breaks, or to see family or friends. I made that mistake last year, where I was so obsessed with getting work done for different companies, that I never had a social life. Go treat yourself to a nice lunch once a week, go to the gym or a walk, go visit your grandparents or even have a catch-up dinner with your pals. When you’re self-employed, the world is your oyster. So make the most of it!
Are any of you guys self-employed? Let me know how you deal with your days at home!