A lot of people probably think that freelancing is just an excuse to sleep late and work in your pajamas. Don’t get me wrong! I get to work in my pajamas if I want to, but I generally prefer to actually get dressed.
The reason for that is that, honestly, the only way to actually succeed as a freelance anything is to place structure on yourself and your life. It is a job not just an excuse to stay home all day.
Admittedly, I did wake up a bit late today, but as it’s nearing the end of the week, that means my work load is less and less at the moment. I generally wake up on Monday and Tuesday and get as much done as I possibly can. I like to set my work schedule from 9AM to 5PM with breaks in the middle whenever I get hungry.
I wake up, stumble out of bed and complete the chores I have to get done and then pull my laptop onto my bed. Don’t I have a desk, you ask? Well, yes, I do. It’s in a nice little nook in the corner of my room with calendars and white boards on either side, a printer and a magic 8 ball for when I need to ask those pressing questions of, “Am I going to make rent this month?”
At the moment, though I’m not using the desk because one, I don’t like my desk chair, and two, half of my room is currently taken up by a rabbit who is in quarantine while he’s on antibiotics for a few weeks.
I do my work for the day, which can take anywhere from an hour to seven hours depending on what I’ve to work on. And then once that’s done, I go job looking.
Being a freelancer means never having an income to entirely rely on, so it’s important for me to keep looking for more jobs, better-paying jobs, jobs that can turn into a long-term thing that will create a semblance of stability for me and my income. Example: this week, one of my jobs I’ve had since April went on hiatus due to the employer’s personal reasons, which takes away a certain portion of my weekly income. This means I have to find a way to replace it and fast. Luckily, with the internet, there are jobs around every corner, so it’s just a matter of what you’re qualified to do and how many other people you’re competing against.
I’m not sure if it works differently for established freelancers, but since I’m just starting out, I do have to work harder to get the good jobs. But I try not to sell myself short on per word cost or anything like that. I weigh the amount of words by the price by how much estimated time it will take, and if it’s not a decent or fair cost, I pass. You can’t always pass, though, especially at the beginning. You’ve got to work your way up, which is why I recommend freelancing in your free time while still working a normal job before thinking about doing it full time. It will give you a cushion.
I wouldn’t say my life is glamorous, but I’m finally doing a job that I enjoy, and compared to all the jobs I’ve had in the past, this one is not nearly as strange as some.