Well, friends, yesterday was my 35th birthday today. It’s also been nearly a decade now that I’ve been freelancing and working from home. Whew! I’ve learned a lot over the last few years, but also still feel like I’m just scratching the surface in other ways. But, when I think about it, I’ve come a long way from the beginning, from actually bragging to my first boss (and childhood family friend) that I remembered how to take a screenshot (cringe!) to building my own little WordPress websites.
Anyway, I thought I’d share 35 of my observations/tips for freelancing and working from home.
35 Important Things to Know About Freelancing:
- Don’t get too comfortable. It’s maybe a cliche, but you can always deepen your knowledge, expand your skills, and grow your business. I’ve found that if I don’t keep growing, I start sliding backwards. There can and should be periods where you’re resting and recovering, but just don’t let those phases go on too long.
- It’s important to leave the house.
- Also to move daily.
- It’s wonderful to use your biz as a creative outlet.
- But also you need other outlets.
- It’s important to work with clients whose work and projects you believe in.
- Don’t overbook!
- Don’t keep your schedule too open either.
- Pay your quarterly taxes on time. – OMG do this if nothing else.
- Do remind yourself of your achievements.
- Don’t work with anyone who diminishes you.
- You are a business owner, not an employee.
- Lighting a candle when you begin working is solid productivity advice.Click To Tweet
- Just because you’re not good at something immediately doesn’t mean you won’t ever be great at it.
- Eat a good lunch.
- Take breaks.
- Sometimes it’s okay to take a nap.
- Time-consuming semi-mindless tasks can be enjoyable with the right podcasts playing.
- Sometimes working in your pajamas is the best and completely fine.
- Other times, you might need to get all dolled up and wear your fancy pants or jewelry.
- Pets are the best coworkers in the world.
- Husbands or wives can be pretty great coworkers too.
- I don’t care if this is real or junk science, study music and “binaural waves” playlists on YouTube make me focus.
- Investing in your education continually is one of the best investments you can make.
- But being choosy in what courses you purchase is very important.
- And buying the course isn’t the same as doing the work.
- You are your most important client. Don’t neglect your larger goals when you get busy.Click To Tweet
- Being a part of making a clients’ dreams come true is the best feeling.
- But your clients’ dreams are not your own dreams.
- Boundaries. Learn about them.
- Weekends exist and sometimes not working through them and having real experiences is more productive than anything you could do or learn on your laptop.
- Just because everybody says you have to do something in your biz, doesn’t mean you have to listen.
- But also maybe give whatever it is a shot. You could just be resisting growth.
- You can’t and don’t need to do it all.
- Celebrate a bunch! Both the big and small things.
These are some of the most crucial pieces of advice or lessons I’ve learned since starting out on this self-employment journey. And I’m still re-learning most of them over and over again.