It’s been a while since I posted a ‘Freelance Friday‘ update. But luckily, in all that time I’ve been freelancing my bum off so I’ve gathered up heaps of tips and tricks along the way! And I’ve decided that, while alliteration is fun, Friday isn’t really a great day to be thinking about business – we should be winding down for the weekend! So now ‘Freelance Friday’ will be known as ‘Freelance Savvy’ and you’ll find it on a Tuesday! Hooray!
The reality of freelancing is that you’re going to have large chunks of downtime, which can be kind of awesome! When I first started freelancing, I’d felt like I’d been handed a giant holiday. I slept in, took long-lunches and generally chilled out. But then reality of no longer receiving a regular pay-check settled in and I realised I had to start doing some work!
By work, I don’t necessarily mean paid and contracted jobs. A huge part of freelancing is maintaining your business – I’m talking things like invoicing, training and general admin. These are the kind of tasks you tackle between jobs so that you’re always ready for the next project.
And keeping busy not only helps build your business, it also is a great way to keep the freelance-anxiety and out-of-work blues at bay. Plus, working during your downtime is a great to maintain a regular schedule. So instead of re-watching Game of Thrones, here are my go-to tasks to tackle while not working!
Spruce up your CV
We’ve all been guilty of the CV-update mad dash – you know, that manic scramble to add a years worth of projects to your CV in the time it takes to reply to a ‘can you send me your CV?’ email. Or is that just me? Either way, this one’s a no brainer! (more…)