Life As A Freelancer: A Peek Into What My Workday Looks Like
There's one thing that I can say for certain about being a creative entrepreneur and it's this: everything is always changing.
And on top of that, even though I've been getting my business ready since 2015, I'm only just now in my second full-time freelance week since jumping onto the self-employment train.
So with that, I want to say that I certainly don't have it all figured out. I'm still experimenting with systems, software and strategies and am only in the initial stages of learning what is and isn't going to work for my business. Right now, nothing feels like a permanent system, so I'm still in the learning curve of EVERYTHING as far as business-related items go. Nothing feels automatic yet, not even blogging!
BUT! Luckily I know from past experience how to get there, and it's actually a super simple solution: have patience, create structure and build consistency in your day.
In case a peek into my workday might be helpful for someone else, I wanted to leave you with a quick breakdown of how I structure my days. It will be interesting to see how this changes over time, but for now here's what it looks like!
What I've done here is strategically place the things I struggle with most at the beginning of my day. In this case, that's scheduling out social media posts and....BLOGGING. I know, as a blogger I'm not supposed to say I struggle with writing - but I'm here to be real with you guys! It's an important part of my business so I'm going to keep chipping away at it, but let me tell you - designing and talking to clients is WAY more enjoyable for me!
I would like to note though, now that I'm not working a full-time job and freelancing at all hours of the day, blogging seems to be getting easier - or maybe it's that I'm starting to get into my groove, who knows?! The fact still remains, writing doesn't come as easily as designing and organizing does for me, so it's the BIG task that I like to get out of the way first thing in the morning.
As you can see, I also sandwich it between really fun things like hanging out with my dog (Maddy) and eating! Just a little rewards trick I like to play on myself : )
Moving on! Not even half of my day goes to design work, but that's okay because I work best with tight deadlines anyway. And then I like to leave the last couple of hours kind of open-ended ("business / planning"), that way I can work on loose ends of other projects if needed (i.e., say I still need a little bit of time to finish up a blog post or I'm really in my groove with client work) OR organize and plan for my business (i.e., work on bookkeeping, plan new revenue streams or the next month's editorial calendar, etc).
So far I'm really pleased with my productivity, so I'm going to keep plugging away with this set up. If you'd like, feel free to share a peek into your freelance workday in the comments below. Do you play any "tricks" on yourself to help you complete business tasks? Do you end up putting way more time into your actual craft than I do? I'd love to hear it all!