Freelancing from home sounds like a dream come true to many of those stuck in a nine-to-five job, but it comes with its own set of physical and mental hurdles that are not apparent at first glance.
Learning how to deal with these downsides is perhaps the biggest challenge you’ll tackle as a freelancer, but it can be done – if you’re willing to make some changes to your lifestyle.
In my case – and maybe yours – the three greatest hurdles are isolation, a lack of exercise, and mental fatigue. Let’s talk a bit about each, how I’ve dealt with them, and how you can too!
Since you’re reading this blog, I’m sure you want to spend as much time as possible doing work that matters. Doing so is an essential part of the path to working for yourself. It’s difficult to focus, however, when you have digital clutter slowing down your computer, clogging up your email inbox, and generally getting in your way.
To take back your time, you need to do a purge and clear out the excess.
This can seem like an overwhelming task at first, but just as with physical decluttering, the key is to take things slowly and have a plan. Today’s post will show you how to efficiently declutter your digital life, and prevent clutter from piling up in the future.
Let’s get started!
A lot of people divide their time working online between many different tasks. It could be transcribing in the morning, content mills in the afternoon, and writing fake reviews in the evening. But no serious freelancer would consider splitting his time across multiple fields, right?
While I’m still a long way away from being an expert in either of my fields, I’ve done a pretty decent job of achieving a balance between freelancing in two different worlds: web development and writing. It’s not a matter of money either (although more is always welcome!) – just a personal decision to pursue the two fields that fulfill me the most in the only way I know how: right from home.
If you’re curious, please bear with me while I explain how this works in my case, why it may work for you as well, and the reasons why it may not.
Taking “as you need” freelancing work to support your travels can work out really well…most of the time. Unfortunately, every so often you may find yourself on the low end of the cash flow cycle. How can you put a roof over your head or afford meals without cold, hard cash?
I have good news: the barter system is alive and well. By pitching your services the right way to the right clients, you can work out deals to help you survive until your next traditionally paid gig.
Today, I’m going to share with you a few times I was able to use this technique on my own journeys. It helped me make the most of situations that may not have otherwise turned out so well. Ideally this insider look will help, should you ever find yourself up a creek without a paddle.
One of the best things about remote working is that you’re not confined to one place, or even one continent. You can work from just about anywhere in the world (with internet!), free to hop from place to place as the mood takes you.
At least, that’s the dream. In reality, we often shy away from travel because, well, working from the road can be tough.
From spotty internet, to delayed flights, to the fear that your client thinks you’re insane because you email them the final draft of a blog post at 4am their time (even though it’s 10am where you are), it’s not all sipping cocktails on the beach while an army of virtual assistants handles every detail of your business.
That said, working from the road doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few simple modifications to the way you work, working from the road is not just possible – it can even be enjoyable.
In today’s post, I’ll cover four problems I’ve encountered while working from the road, explain how I overcame them, and show you how to apply the lessons I learned to your own work.
Let’s get to it!