When you work from home as a freelancer, it can be so easy to put off certain tasks. For example, the admin or keeping record of your expenses can seem quite small and insignificant, but they are things that need to be kept on top of, otherwise it will all add up and be problematic later down the line. It can be easy to just want to get on with your creative side of the freelance business. But letting the freelance business run on autopilot isn’t the best thing to be doing, especially as life can be so busy, and you’re never likely to get back around to do those smaller things. The good news is that improving your freelance life doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time. And if it is going to help your stress levels, then it can only be a good thing.
So here are some of the things that you can be doing to improve your freelance business in a way that won’t feel like a big deal and will allow you to keep your sanity.
Even as little as five minutes every day (you could even set yourself a timer) to check up on your finances, who has paid what invoice, or what you owe, can be five minutes well spent. If you have late invoices to chase then this can be the time to do it, as well as keep on track of what you need to buy or if you owe money to people that you have worked with. If you have been finding that cash flow is a problem for you, and you’ve been thinking of asset refinance to help your business, then taking greater control over your finances is really important. A few minutes to make sure that your financial side of business is tidied up can help the business to keep running smoothly.
As a freelancer, some weeks and days are going to be busier than others, as some work really is seasonal. So make sure that you are making yourself a to-do list so that you can get your work in order and see what needs to be done and what the priorities are. You can then plan what you will do and when, so that it can all get done and get done on time.
Learn To Say No
As a freelancer that is running a business, it can be hard to say no to things. But if you are taking on too much work or doing too many small favours to friends or clients, then it really can overwhelm you and take over your life. Learning to say no really is a skill when you’re a freelancer, so make sure that you try your best to do so when you are taking too much on. You could always offer different things that you could do that wouldn’t take as much time up for you, or things at a later date to help.