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There is a perception that a freelancer’s life is peaceful and successful since he is doing what he loves. You still need to pay your bills even if you work for yourself. If the projects are not paid enough, there is a risk of overworking, which is already fraught with depression and anxiety. Here are five tips for freelancers that will help you avoid getting into such a situation.

For those who work from 9 to 18, freelancing may seem very comfortable and exciting, but in fact this mode can be very difficult. Regardless of the form of freelancing — permanent work or part—time work – burnout is real at any level and with any experience. 

It can overtake for various reasons: too many projects at the same time, low-cost offers and even work for free.

  1. Don’t judge yourself by someone else’s achievements

If you follow other creative people in your field on social networks, sometimes it may seem that everyone is handing over successful projects and bragging about achievements — but not you.

It is important to keep in mind that perception is not reality in such circumstances. Another freelancer, for instance, might spend months working on pieces before posting them all at once.

To approach a job, there is no right or wrong way. By comparing ourselves to others, we simply serve to divert attention from our own problems.

  1. Don’t overload yourself

It is difficult to set a limit on the amount of work when freelance work is the only source of income. But overloading yourself with tasks can lead to broken deadlines, poor-quality results and loss of money.

Try setting a limit on the number of projects you undertake each week or month.

Also be careful when taking multiple projects from multiple clients at a time. For example, if you are engaged in copywriting, it is much more convenient to direct all efforts to one client, since this will allow you to focus on the style of publication.

It is better not to work on a retail marketing campaign at the same time and try to write an art review on the same day.

  1. Put your email in order and don’t check it too often

Checking your email at any time can take up your personal time outside of work. It is better not to check e-mail at all for work issues on weekends and, for example, before 8 am and after 7 pm on weekdays. This helps to disconnect and avoid the feeling of constant “inclusion”.

Sometimes the easiest solution is to have two mailboxes. One will be useful for work, the other for personal affairs.

  1. Do not expect to receive payment immediately

Almost every freelancer or contractor has at least once encountered difficulties related to late payment from a client. The situation is awkward and uncomfortable.

A good rule of thumb is to work two months ahead. That is, do not try to pay today’s bills with today’s projects.

Instead, build your workflow in such a way that payments from the projects you are working on now will cover the bills in two months.

This will enable you to move freely in the event of payment delays and prevent work gaps..

  1. Know your worth

This comes with experience, but it is vital for a freelancer to understand the level of minimum payment for a project that he can agree to. Otherwise, customers will take advantage of his kindness.

To compare rates, study freelance exchanges to find out how much others charge for similar services.

Once you determine how much your work costs, it will be easier for you to give up freelance projects and clients who pay less.

As a freelancer, you have to organize your workload and daily routine yourself to avoid burnout. Your time is your money, so use it wisely and take only what you can handle. Healthy borders are the key to successful freelancing.

By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.

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