As a Freelancer, you are the ‘CEO’ of ‘yourself’. Every successful CEO needs an action plan and strategy. These keys will give you an advantage over your competition.
“My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never to anything with a feeling of, ‘Oh God, I’ve got to do this today’.” — Richard Branson.
Expanding your network and finding mentors cuts down your learning curve significantly. Learning from mentors who are already successful in your chosen field or niche can give you much needed confidence while you are first starting on your freelancing journey. A mentor can wear many hat — coach, support, motivation, advice, direction.
Before you start on the road to success, it’s best to know where you’re driving to and what road is best to take. What does success look like? How will you know when you get it? What is IT? A goal mixed with a plan and a deadline and consistent action = success and fulfillment. Know what your goals are so you know what you are striving for everyday and you have a reason for doing what you and the actions that you take.
CONSISTENCY + PERSEVERANCE
Speaking of actions — It takes approximately 21 days to form a new habit. Practice your skill and craft every day and deal with setback. It’s ok to ‘fall off the wagon’ momentarily, but get back on as soon as possible. A great book on this topic is ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear.
READING & AUDIO BOOKS
A great habit to practice regularly is reading — or the act of taking in information and knowledge. You can never get enough, especially as a freelancer. Consuming knowledge can take the form of reading a physical book or listening to the audio version, which is a great idea for when you a driving or commuting somewhere. Online courses and videos are a great option too and YouTube is great source of short-form and long-form videos. A tip is to watch a book review video if you want to get a sense of what the book is about without taking the time to read or listen to it completely.
As a Freelancer, you don’t have a ‘boss’, you don’t have a ‘workplace’. You don’t work the ‘normal 9–5’. As mentioned, good habits are crucially important as are morning and night routines or routines in general. You should already be making it a routine to eat and sleep and take care of yourself and your well-being. No matter how busy your schedule get — those are non-negotiable things that must be taken care of. You can work long hours but at least remember to shower and brush your teeth at some point — and maybe put on some deodorant! You might be working from home, but regular hygiene is important. Morning routines will help get your day started effectively and night routines will help give you a break from the glaring screens for a while.
Taking naps is something I myself have recently started experimenting with and it seems to help me with a quick recharge. Pro-tip — if you’re a coffee drinker, drink a cup before your nap; 20 min later after your nap is over, the coffee will give you a nice post nap ‘kick’.