With spring in full swing, we dream of experiencing the miracle of better work-life balance. Freelancing seems a great solution for maintaining that balance but it requires a variety of skills for building your own business including capability of research on new trends and tools in the fast-paced world of freelance.
Here is a list of recommended reads on tips you absolutely cannot do without if you strive for being a successful freelancer.
22 Tips & Tricks for Freelancers by Pavel Malos
The article that will take you just a couple of minutes enriches readers considerably and deepens your knowledge about freelance as a career. The author shares lots of tips starting from creating the great workspace for a more productive day to suggesting in no-nonsense talk the most effective invoicing and marketing tools. Moreover, the article promotes the idea of collaborating within the freelancers' community, and I truly liked it!
If you have too many projects, delegate them. Other freelancers will be thankful to you and surely they will return the favour in the future.
The tips introduced in this brilliant article are categorized by 5 most important topics. The first 20 will navigate you through places where you can find freelance jobs. The next 20 will assist you in perfecting your negotiating skills. Tips from 41 to 60 are for those who want to encompass as many professional skills as possible. In the list of next 40, you will learn how to manage your time, finance and paperwork for hassle-free freelance business routine.
The author rolled out a handy plan (based on the personal experience) that you can start to follow without delay if you do want to become a successful freelancer. But unlike others describing the decision to shift gears on career like it is a paradise tour, the author has a warning against wearing pink glasses. The value of this read is stated in the first lines.
One of the biggest misconceptions about freelancing is that you sit at home and work comes to you. When the reality is you have to fight for it, and fight hard.
Freelance Life: The Reality of the Ups and Downs by Natasha Illsley
This insightful read continues the topic of keeping it all balanced, which matters to every freelancer. It covers the tips on taming time and becoming the ideal boss for yourself. Getting more productive starts with taking a healthy approach to freelancing as a lifestyle. The author focuses on psychological advice that will help you manage the expectations as a freelancer and find that tipping point that would propel your career upward.