As a freelancer, having a healthy work-life balance can be a difficult task. As well as juggling clients and projects at once, there is the added pressure of taking care of all the housekeeping that comes along with freelance life. From finances and new business, to updating your social media profiles or chasing clients for payments - it's all on you when you freelance!
So how do you make sure you get your work done and keeping your clients happy, while getting time to relax and see your family and friends too?
Learn to Say ‘No’!
Uttering the word ‘no’ to a client is one of the hardest things that a freelancer can say. After all, you never know when work is going to dry up. BUT, if you already have a full schedule work, why take on another project? The additional work is going to increase your stress level and interfere with your personal life.
Make Time For Your Friends and Family
It can be really stressful being a freelancer since work can come and go. Your nearest and dearest can help you cope with this stress. Not only is this good for your productivity, it’s also beneficial for your overall health since social interactions can reduce health concerns like cardiovascular disease. Set out time for your family and friends.
The flexible schedule that you have as a freelancer is a major perk - but, you should attempt to create a daily routine. Just like working 9-5, your daily routine allows you to have a healthy work-life balance since it can determine when you work and when you take time off. Be organised with your time, and make sure you have a calendar with all of your deadlines etc. Also make a note of other tasks that could slip your mind, like the renewal of your professional indemnity insurance or your tax returns etc.
This may not be the case for all freelancers, but if you’re in a situation where you can outsource some of your workload and tedious tasks, then take advantage of sites like Upwork. For example, you could hire another freelancer to assist you with a web design project or a hire a virtual assistant to manage your invoices or even someone to clean your house. Without worrying about completing a project on-time or doing the things that you dread, you can now spend that time doing something that you really want to.
There’s a lot to love about being a freelance, but unlike some 9-5ers, you aren’t necessarily finished your work because of a certain hour.Hopefully these tips will help you restore some balance into your life again!