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Freelancers and Consultants May Need Established Work HoursFreelancers and Consultants May Need Established Work Hours



One of the joys of working as a freelancer and consultant is knowing that you can work whenever you want to, right? Many of us are drawn to freelancing or consulting work because we crave a more flexible schedule and do not want to be tied down to established work hours. What many of us find out rather quickly, however, is that if we do not set some regular hours, we are working around the clock and our clients and customers assume they should have free access to us at any time of the night or day. In reality, established work hours can be beneficial for freelancers and consultants too.

 

Keep in mind that establishing set work hours does NOT mean that you need to work 9 – 5. For example, someone who works as a financial consultant from her West Coast home may find that she is up early (5:00 am) so she can be working when the markets open on the East Coast. This may mean that she is finished working by early afternoon. A freelance writer may find that he or she works better when the house is quite; this means working evenings or early mornings and using the rest of the day for other tasks.

Establishing work hours can also keep you from losing perspective and working too much. Likewise, many of us find that when we DON’T have to work set hours, we slack off and do not get much work done at all. Establishing hours for work can help us to stick to a schedule and create a culture of productivity where we might otherwise find excuses not to work.

When you do decide to establish work hours, decide how flexible you will in regard to taking phone calls, checking emails and other “work-related” tasks outside of those work hours. Some freelancers and consultants find that they can break up their work hours and tasks instead of working straight through for several hours. This can be a good way to stay fresh and focused and mix in other activities and errands during the day. For example, you might want to check e-mail first thing in the morning and make a work plan for the day. Then, take a break and have breakfast, exercise or run errands. You then might be back at work at 10 am and start returning calls and emails. Be sure to let those you work with know when you are working and when is the best time to reach you. This will also cut down and being contacted OUTSIDE of those established working hours.…

How to Become a Successful Freelance WriterHow to Become a Successful Freelance Writer



You have decided you want to become a freelance writer. You would need to have a plan or at least an outline of what you would like to accomplish. You would also need to decide if you want to write for magazines, newspapers, ezines, etc. If you decide to write for a magazine it would be a great idea for you to purchase some of the magazines you would like to write for in order to determine what style of writing they are looking for. It is also important to know their guidelines before submitting any work. This would go for anywhere you would like to submit your material. If the guidelines are not followed you are basically wasting your time. Remember to follow the guidelines this will save you a lot of time and less disappointment.

 

If you have decided to work from home it is important to have your own space. You will need to have a computer, printer, comfortable chair, desk and a small filing cabinet to store your work.

It would be a great idea to start with a writing course. If you do not want to commute, you could take some online courses. Whichever one works best for you and fits your schedule. The course will allow you to get feedback on your material and will also enhance your writing skills, as you practice the many different styles of writing you should be able to receive lots of assignments.

Study other well-known freelance writers and learn from them. Read their material and become familiar with their style of writing. Try to find out how they became successful. The Internet is full of successful freelance writers. Join online forums and other organizations where you can meet other freelance writers. You would need to know who your audience is going to be or who you would like to reach. Align yourself with writers and readers who are interest in your material or style of writing. Networking will provide a great opportunity. It will provide you with the leads you will need in order to get your material publish, by building up your client base and increasing your income and notoriety.

One of the most important steps in becoming a freelance writer is managing your time. Since you set the hours you will work self discipline is a major part of becoming a successful freelance writer. You must learn how to manage your time wisely. You will have to determine how often you will work. The more productive you are the greater chance you will have to succeed.

Set financial goals if you want to make a certain amount of money a month challenge yourself and go for it. Make sure your goal is realistic. Write out your plans on how you will accomplish your goal. If you will write for magazines, online articles, businesses, etc. decide how many articles you will write in a month. Challenge yourself, but remember to be realistic.

You can become a successful …