More from Deb Ng, who showed us yesterday how to be firm but not tough.
What I Learned from Freelancing â€“ Part 3 â€“ Good Habits Rock by Deb Ng
When I left my job to write on a freelance basis, I thought I had it all figured out â€“ work in my pajamas, choose my own schedule, and basically do what I want. Then I learned without rules comes anarchy and anarchy for a freelancer isnâ€™t necessarily a good thing.
Though it felt good to be lazy, I soon realized I wasnâ€™t being very productive. Instead I picked up a few good habits. I:
- Work according to a specific schedule each day so my clients know when to reach me and when to expect my work. They like the reliability of knowing when Iâ€™ll be at my desk over wondering whether or not Iâ€™ll be online that day.
- Make sure I meet all my deadlines and obligations so Iâ€™m not seen as a flake. My clients want to count on me, and I want to count on them.
- Change out of my flannels and into something causal, but presentable. No, my clients wonâ€™t see me but it gets me out of lazy mode and into working mode.
- Make sure to communicate often with my clients so they know where I am and how much I have left to go. This also lets both of us know whether or not weâ€™re on the right track.
When I first started, I had the whole freelancing thing pegged wrong. Thereâ€™s a lot of freedom to it, but successful freelancers need to have discipline as well. When I started cultivating good habits, my career took off. Coincidence? Iâ€™ll let you decide.
What other good habits do you think freelancers need to succeed? Does working in the jimmies give one the right mindset to face the business day?
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