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So you’re ready to quit your job and take the leap into full-time freelancing. It’s an exciting and daunting time.

Chances are you’ve been dabbling a bit in the freelance world already and have chosen to go full-time, so you’re not new to the challenges. However, having freelancing as your only source of income and doing it full-time will take some getting used to.

Your time is now entirely your own which means you have more flexibility but you need to make sure you don’t become so laid back you don’t do any work. The good thing is that money is a key incentive now. You don’t have your salary from your job to fall back on should times get tough. You need to make sure you’re kept busy. Here are some ways you can keep on top of things:

 

Stick to normal working hours

The hardest part of maintain a freelance business is that it’s just up to you. You don’t have anyone to answer to except for your clients. There’s no schedule, so you have to make your own and rely entirely on your own willpower to make the business work.

Without the structure of a day at the office it can easy to let things slide. The best way to organise your time working from home is to try and replicate the feeling of being at work. Have a start and end time, schedule in breaks and lunch. If you need to, schedule in time for the things that would usually distract you like household duties which can end up eating into your time.

 

Remember why you went freelance

While keeping a normal schedule can be good for productivity, some people simply just don’t work at their best that way. Some people find that they are most productive late at night or early in the morning.

Going freelance gives you much more flexibility and freedom, the very reasons you probably decided to go down that route in the first place. So if the 9-5 schedule doesn’t work for you, don’t force it. Find the best times of the day that you work, and do what’s right for you. You don’t want to ruin the fun of going freelance by turning your home into a corporate environment.

 

Make a dedicated work space

If you’re short on space this will be difficult. However you should either try to set a space in your home specifically for work or rent some office space or go into co-working.

If you can’t do this, then try to give yourself and your family members a signal that you’re now in work mode. This might mean wearing headphones, putting the radio on, getting dressed for the office, whatever helps you focus. Having a signal like this also helps your family members remember that you’re not to be disturbed and you’re at work.

 

Have a support system

Freelancing can be a lonely business, so make sure you’ve got some kind of support system to fall back on. This might mean meeting with other business owners and freelancers at networking events or regularly contributing to an online forum. It’s important to find like-minded people to share ideas and advice with each other.

 

Have you got any tips on how to make the transition from employee to freelancer go as smoothly as possible? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Kara Copple

An experienced business and finance writer, sometimes moonlighting as a fiction writer and blogger.

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