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Keeping a Routine As a Freelancer 

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Whether you are just starting out or have been working as a freelancer for some time, there are a few things that you need to do to keep your business running smoothly. One of these things is to create a consistent routine. In order to do this, you need to find a way to have some structure in your day and make sure you are getting enough sleep each night.

Lack of structure

There is no shortage of bozos who can churn out a decent e-mail and a few social media posts for the price of a beer. The problem is most people aren’t looking or are too lazy to do it for themselves. A lack of structure translates into a lack of productivity. This is especially true if your office is in your bedroom. To avoid the dreaded slacking off, you need to put in place a workable policy and workflow. For the latter, it’s a matter of taking the initiative and putting your foot down. It’s an unpopular proposition, but it’s well worth the effort. 


In general, a lack of structure can lead to a lack of discipline, which may be detrimental to your health, happiness and productivity. A formal structure such as a booze-free office policy or employee-only meetings could be a big help. On a personal level, I like a boss who is pushing me and has no qualms about giving me credit for a project. Thankfully, most of my employers are empathetic and supportive.

Multiple clients

Managing multiple clients is essential to a freelancer’s success. Many people start out freelancing with the hope of attracting new clients. However, if they don’t know how to handle their clients, their business can get out of control. There are tips to help you keep on track.


The first thing you can do is establish boundaries. For example, if you get many phone calls, use a do not disturb feature to distinguish between important phone calls. You can also record meetings to review crucial conversations. 


Another tip is to set your office hours. This will let your clients know when you are available. If you have several projects, it can be helpful to have a dedicated time for each project. 


It’s also a good idea to make use of a task management system. A tool like Asana can help you create, manage, and track your tasks. And a calendar or spreadsheet can help you keep track of each client and each assignment. 


Time management is an essential part of managing multiple clients. When you are working on several projects, you might find yourself having to adjust your schedule to accommodate last-minute modifications. Also, if you are not working on a certain project for a long period of time, clients may become dissatisfied. 


If you have a lot of work on your plate, you may want to set up a deadline for your projects. Make sure you are clear on how much time you need to complete each assignment. Otherwise, you might end up with no time for your next assignment.


If you don’t have a task management system, try using a service like Google Calendar or Microsoft Teams to keep track of your activities. These tools sync with your email and can automatically send reminders, such as if you have an important call. 


In addition, if you’re working with a team, be sure to establish a clear division of responsibilities. By dividing your tasks among several people, you can ensure that everyone is on the same page. 


While a freelancer’s success depends on their experience and skill, it’s also important to understand how to deal with multiple clients. Learning how to deal with client misunderstandings and overcommitment can help you maintain your productivity and quality of work. 


As a freelancer, it’s important to stay organized. Although it’s easy to let your work life take over, it’s also important to make sure you have a healthy balance. You may have a difficult time maintaining a routine as a freelancer, but if you do your best to adhere to a plan, you’ll find that it’s not only doable, it’s even possible to create a flexible work schedule that you’ll actually enjoy.


When you’re a freelancer, it’s important that you make yourself available to clients. However, it’s just as important to find ways to keep yourself busy. If you don’t stay active, you could end up with a drained battery. 


When you’re freelancing, you can choose your own clients. This is especially helpful if you have a variety of projects to tackle. Depending on your needs, you can set up your own office or find a coworking space. Having a comfortable and well-lit workspace can help increase your productivity. 


It’s a good idea to use online software programs to organize your workday. While it can be challenging to keep track of your daily tasks, the right software can help you do it. Creating a daily to-do list can also be a good way to stay on top of your tasks. 


If you’re a freelancer who has deadlines coming up, you may want to design your own work schedule. For instance, you could break up a large project into smaller, more manageable tasks. Keeping your workload manageable can also reduce stress and allow you to take on more projects. 


Being a freelancer can be a good way to develop crucial skills like communication. If you’re having trouble staying focused, consider using a coworking space. The community that a coworking space provides can help you stay productive and motivated. 


A flexible working schedule can be exhausting. If you don’t have a good plan, you could find yourself working “overtime” or not taking time to rest and recharge. Even a short break can give you the energy you need to finish your workday. 

Limited support

If you are a freelancer, you may have heard the news about limited support for freelancers. The government has announced a limited support program for the self employed. This includes an extension of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme


(SEISS), which supports those running their business through a limited company. Those eligible for the scheme can receive PS7,500 in one lump sum, or a monthly payment, with no repayment required. 


However, some people in the music industry are concerned that this is not enough support. Especially as some singers do not qualify for the program. IPSE has put together a roadmap for the self-employed that outlines four recommendations for the government. In addition, the Musicians’ Union has called for more support for music professionals. 


A-n has launched an affordable professional indemnity insurance package, as well as a range of advice resources for freelancers and entrepreneurs. You can find more information on the website. They also offer support and funding for young creatives. 


Identify your “go to” person in your industry. This can be someone who you have worked with previously, or someone you would recommend to new clients. Also, make sure you communicate to your customers about your support network. It can help to outline this in your contract. By doing this, you will demonstrate to your clients that you are prepared for COVID-19. 


In addition, if you are a freelancer, consider building a network of professional partners. For example, the Society of London Theatre and the UK Theatre both operate free support services for freelance theatre artists. AudioUK offers similar support for music and radio journalists. Similarly, the BBC and Radio Academy manage the Radio Academy Grants. 


Many people have found that the support offered by the Self-Employed Income Support Program has been a lifeline during the pandemic. Fortunately, this program will be extended until September.

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