Being a Free Lance Writer means that you’ll likely have more than one client at a time.
This means you’ll have to get used to juggling a few on a regular basis. Some months you may be handling several projects, all for different clients.
While this does feel difficult at first, you’ll find that the balancing act gets easier the longer you freelance.
You’ll learn a strategy of what works best for you, as well as discover how to best stream like your projects. Here are some tips to make life easier for a freelance writer working from home.
Set Your Schedule
The first thing you should do is set up your working hours. As a work at home freelancer, you are your own boss. And you’ll have to act like it!
Your schedule doesn’t have to stick to the typical 9-5, but you do need some type of regular schedule. Setting dedicated working hours will help you be more productive.
There are plenty of freelancers that have unusual schedules. Some freelance writers work for a few hours after their kids go to sleep. Other writers prefer only a couple hours in the afternoon.
The important thing is figuring out what time of the day you are more productive, and protecting those times from any distractions or interruptions.
Once you have your schedule down, its time to get yourself orgainzed next. You’ll need a system that works for you and helps you be productive.
Make sure to keep all of your deadlines, meetings, and projects on scheduled on a calander. This way you never forget what your working on or when it’s due.
You can use a tangible calendar for this task or a digital one. The advantage of a digital calendar is that you can have reminders of upcoming projects sent directly to your email address.
This can keep you from dropping the ball on important client jobs.
Track Your Time
You can also track your time for each project you work on. To do this, have a blank sheet of paper or post it note assigned for each project and mark down the time time and date you start working on the project, and what time you finish working on it.
This will help you see how much time different projects take you. Which can be really helpful to give you an estimate of how long different projects will take you.
Sometimes, tracking your hours can be difficult on paper and it’s easy to forget to jot down the times. That’s why many freelancers opt to use time tracking software on their devices.
Time tracking software will help you see where you’re wasting time as well as when your peak productive hours are.
Of course, if you do feel like you are overwhelmed or having trouble keeping up with your committed writing obligations, communicate!
Let your client know that you are actively working on it, but there may be a delay, but you are steadily working on it.
People are usually much more forgiving if you let them know ahead of time versus letting them wonder if you’ll ever come through.
Juggling your clients is easier when you have the right systems in place. Staying organized will not only make you more productive, it’ll also make clients view you as a professional freelance writer that’s worth hiring.