A challenged freelancer

Being a freelancer has quite a number of perks. To begin with, you don’t have to worry about the commute to and from work, you can also choose to work within your own hours. Do you want to work in your pajamas? Wear them all day if you want.

While these are certainly true and significant, being your own boss comes with a couple of disadvantages as well. For example, staying motivated is more difficult when you don’t have coworkers or a boss to report to.

On this are 4 common issues that freelancers face, as well as some solutions;

Getting new clients; the fact that clients are basically what keep a freelancer afloat just makes it extra stressful. Finding clients is one of the major problems freelancers face and that’s because it’s a continuous challenge, it’s not a one-off.

A great way to get clients is to put up reviews and your portfolio on your profile. When you do this, anyone who visits your profile gets an idea of what you have done in the past and what it feels like to work with you. This will definitely help build trust with potential clients.

Inconsistency; as a freelancer, your work life is ever-changing. It changes on a monthly or weekly basis even. One week you are so busy working on a new project that you barely have time and the next you’ll have an unwelcome idle time.

For a lot of people, the inconsistency is a bummer, but there are some ways to ensure that you have work constantly.

You can join groups that will help you network so you are always open to new opportunities, two, you can reach out to your regular clients to know if and when they need your service. Another thing you can do is to participate in conversations with other people and sell yourself whenever and wherever you can.

Meeting deadlines (time management); when the only person you have to answer to is yourself, it’s very easy to overlook proper scheduling and organization and if you continually miss deadlines, you will lose clients rather quickly.

Don’t make a habit of waiting till the last minute to complete a task. Making a detailed timetable will help you ensure that your work is effectively and efficiently done and these will take off a lot of stress from you and you will be able to perform at your maximum.

Don’t forget to take breaks; this will help keep you energized.

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