We all know that freelancing has its perks. You often get to work from home, while juggling multiple exciting projects and be your own boss. But the truth is, you need a lot of motivation to succeed at freelancing. Here are six ways that freelancers can keep their passion alive.
1 Create your ideal working space
When you start working from home, it can be easy to let your mess spread everywhere, from the dining table to the lounge room floor. Instead of working from anywhere, create a designated work space – one that you love. Decorate it with plants and wall hangings, have your favourite music playing and buy a comfortable chair.
2 Start a passion project
Freelancers are often creative people and sometimes it can be frustrating to spend all your creative energy on work for others. Start your own side hustle or passion project that you can turn to in your spare time. Get your creative juices flowing, not for your clients, but for you. It could be starting your own blog or side business or something completely unrelated to your work, like learning a new language or volunteering.
3 Find your tribe
Freelancing is often described as a lonely or isolating gig, but it doesn’t have to be. Connect with other freelancers who can understand your struggles. Attend networking events where possible and find a mentor who can encourage you on your journey. On the other hand, maybe you can share your knowledge with others and become a mentor yourself.
4 Celebrate the wins
It can be easy to get so stuck in work-mode and ticking off your to-do list, that you forget to celebrate your successes along the way. Stay passionate about your day job by acknowledging the wins, whether it’s finishing a project or achieving a milestone on behalf of a client. It can be something as simple as going out for lunch or taking an early mark – life should be celebrated.
5 Take a break
Life doesn’t have to be all about work, but when you work from home, it can be hard to switch off. It’s important to take a break and go outside in order to gain new perspective and feel re-energised. Go for a walk, meet a friend for coffee or shake up your routine. Turn off your social media accounts or your phone altogether and take some time away from the digital world.
6 Stick to what you enjoy
There will be some parts of freelancing that you enjoy and other parts that you’re not so keen on. If possible, try to minimise the amount of work or tasks that you take on, that you just don’t enjoy. Likewise, if there are business tasks like managing your own social media that you don’t have time for, consider delegating these tasks to a virtual assistant. And instead of getting buried in paperwork and spreadsheets, save time doing your own books by using online accounting software, like QuickBooks.