The Best Tips and Tricks for Remote Freelancers
There are countless resources out there with tips and tricks on nailing life as a freelancer. Well, as an actual freelancer and solopreneur, these are my tips. They have saved me from making huge business mistakes!
These are especially relevant for those of you working from home. Whether it’s only on certain days, or like me, you’ve based your business remotely, then these tips will save you time and effort…and some money too.
Figure Out a Schedule
If you’re working from home, you’re doing it for a reason. A 9-5 schedule wasn’t working for me. I work best when I wake up later in the day, and I take a break to make dinner, then wrap up my work at night. You need to figure out your most productive times and specify what you’re going to do.
When my days feel all out of whack, I like to use an hourly planner to jot down what I’m doing and when. This allows me to take a look at how much time I’m wasting, and how I can I fix it. Just be sure you learn your work pattern and schedule your day to follow suit.
Create a Dedicated Space
When I started working remotely it was from the comfort of my bedroom in my parent’s home. I bought a desk and stuck it in the corner of my room. I did all of my work there.
Now, I’m very blessed to have my own office! Even if you don’t have the space for your desk, be sure that you carve out a corner of the room and think of this area as your work area. You’ll associate it with being your best professional self.
Take Care of Yourself
It’s so easy to forget to take care of yourself when you work from home. I would roll out of bed and get right to work, but having a routine is essential. Plan out your lunch and breakfast ahead of time.
It also helps to have a uniform. I have to be honest, I, of course, work in pajamas sometimes. But now I like at least change clothes. It makes me feel fresh and like I’m ready to take on my day.
Get it in Writing
If you’re working, you should be using a contract. If you’re using a website like Upwork then the agreement through each job applies. But if you’re working on freelancing through other sources, then ALWAYS get a contract. It’s imperative to prepare yourself, and ensure that you get paid.
There are plenty of resources out there that can provide you with standard contracts that you can customize yourself.
Officially Set Up Your Business
Make things official by making them legal. A quick Google search about your state’s regulations can help you set up everything you need for free in most cases. Plus, you’ll figure out your tax expenses and learn to set them aside. Plus, you’ll be able to legally protect yourself by playing by the rules.
Track Your Expenses and Income
I do this in a Google sheet, and I record every cent going in and out of my business. This is a great way to track your money for free. Once you get big enough, you should think about looking for a CPA to help you out. But if you’re just starting out then tracking your own expenses and income will save you so much time. Especially when tax season rolls around!
And don’t forget to pay your quarterly taxes. You don’t want to end up owing a huge lump sum at the end of the year.