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A Freelancer’s Guide to Stress Reduction–Part 1

We all know that being a freelancer can be stressful. Whether it’s a secondary job to make extra cash or a way of life, every contract worker has dealt with the frustration that can come from the freelance lifestyle. Finding ways to cope with these challenges is essential to staying sane and not burning out. Here are our tips for reducing stress and optimizing your freelance routine.

Get Organized

Get Organized

As with any other job, organization is key. Keeping track of assignment due dates is essential, especially when working on more than one job at a time. Find a good tracking method for yourself and use it. You can write things down in a planner or add assignments to an online calendar such as Outlook, Google, or Apple. There are also a number of free organizational tools like Trello if you have ongoing or recurring assignments that you want to keep track of. No matter which method you choose, it will only be helpful if you keep it updated. Make time each day to ensure that it’s updated.

In addition to keeping track of due dates, it’s also important to organize your files. Instructions, research, drafts, revisions, and other necessary documents can become overwhelming for large projects. Create separate files and label everything carefully to ensure that projects are easy to locate and up to date.

Be Flexible

Be Flexible

Many people avoid the freelance lifestyle because of the uncertainty of it: Will there be assignments available when I need to pay my bills? Organization can also help here. Know when companies you like to work with have more content available. Do they post a lot of jobs at the beginning of the year because they’ve just upped their budget? Do they spend more money in the late summer and early fall to prep for the holiday season? Do they take a break from posting new orders during the middle of summer when many people are out of the office? A little research can serve you well here. Then, be flexible with your schedule. Put in more time during the busy seasons to make the leaner times less stressful.

Diversify

Diversify

As a freelancer, having multiple talents can come in handy. Working on several projects allows you to minimize lulls. Ways to diversify at Textbroker include:

  • Joining multiple managed teams
  • Developing direct orders with several clients
  • Being active in the OpenOrder pool
  • Becoming a remote editor

The more you get involved with, the more money you can make. It also makes a project ending less stressful if you know that you have other assignments waiting.

Check back next week for more tips on reducing your stress and getting the best results for your freelance lifestyle.

The freelance lifestyle can be stressful. Check out our tips on reducing stress in part one of our two-part series.

Comments

I'mTheOne

This timely topic is very helpful right now. Thank you for posting.

JWoody

I am just starting my freelance writing, so this information is going to help alot.

Thanks!