As a Freelancer You Need to Consider This

As a Freelancer You Need to Consider This

Are you ready to get started as a freelancer? I’ve been doing it for 13 years and it most definitely has benefits, There might be a few issues in this business model that could take you by complete surprise though if you don’t do your homework. The points to consider as a freelancer might help you get started with that research.

Wait, What Did You Say About Tax?

When you operate as a freelancer, you will need to pay tax. Actually, the paying part is fairly typical. It’s the management that becomes an issue and it has the potential to get a lot of freelancers into a whole heap of trouble. Firstly, it’s important to remember that your money is taxed. You need to work this out as soon as you start earning. Otherwise, there’s a strong chance that you’ll accidentally spend your tax money. In the past freelancers have tried to argue that they can’t afford to pay tax and this doesn’t work. The money doesn’t belong to you, it’s the governments so it must fit in your budget. 

The start of this process will always be to keep an accurate record. There’s a lot of work to be done here and it can be quite complex. So, why not make it easier on yourself by using accounting software? With this, you will be able to immediately and accurately find out how much you are earning. You can then use this information to fill in tax details online. I outsource my accountancy to an accountant yet still need to use this type of software.

Be Visible 

Make sure that you are getting noticed online. If you want to avoid spending a lot of money, you might try to build up your professional profile yourself. One of the ways that you can do this is creating a presence across social media. It’s not as complicated as it sounds but you could still get lost in the shuffle. Don’t forget, you’re not the only person looking to make an impression as a freelancer online. There are hundreds of thousands of people in your industry taking the same steps. 

If you want to avoid the issue here then we suggest that you think about joining a platform that will allow you to immediately reach eager buyers. There are countless platforms that clients rely on to find the support from freelancers that they require. 

Points to Consider as a Freelancer: That’s A Little Low

Of course, you’ll face another problem and that’s completion on the market. It’s quite possible that you have another person vying for the same client as you. This can start a bidding war where the client has all the control. Rather than bidding up, you’ll have to bid down until you reach a price that your competitors can’t afford. This does happen quite a lot on the freelance market so you have to be prepared. It’s why many freelancers choose to work through an agent or company. Of course, you can charge what you like, set prices, offer bespoke pricing or generally approach this issue whichever way works best for you.

The Client Is Always Right (Even When They’re Not)

This is actually a myth. You have to be prepared for the danger of a client rejecting your work and demanding that you do it again. This can occur after you have spent hours and hours on a project. Some freelancers may feel that they have no choice but to oblige here. I find that a strong brief in advance and a contract which details how many tweaks or amendments that you will do goes a long way. A good way to avoid a problem would be to make sure you are staying connected with the client and updating them, providing them with examples of your progress. That way you can make sure you’re on the path they want you to follow. Don’t be afraid though to listen to your gut and if necessary end a relationship with a client. Sometimes it just has to be done.

In Conclusion 

As a freelancer you have control over the way that you work, your prices, who you work with and how your business is run. Start with these few tips to get the ball rolling and to make sure that you are on the right track.

 

Ignoring Your Health As a Freelancer

Ignoring Your Health As a Freelancer

I’ve been a freelancer for coming up thirteen years, and I love it. There are many well-known benefits such as no limit of earnings, family flexibility, working with clients and on projects that you love and more.  Ignoring your health as a freelancer is far from a benefit yet is something many of us do or have done, me included.

Stop Ignoring Your Health As a Freelancer & Limit Your Screen Time 

As someone who jokes that she is surgically connected to her laptop, this advice might seem a little hypocritical. Take it from someone who knows though, no matter how important that client is, they cannot be more important than your eyesight. Try to avoid glare as much as possible, and turn up at your regular eye tests. There are other ways of protecting your eyes, too. Make sure that you have natural light coming into your office, even if it is just your back bedroom.

Take a break from the screen every now and then, and learn how to touch type, so you can exercise your eyes, and avoid strains. You might even invest in pinhole glasses that will naturally improve your focus on the screen. I use to use glare reduction glasses and my optician now suggests blue tinted glasses because I now need glasses (I’ve always managed to get away with no prescription in the past but it’s caught up with me). 

Take Care Of Your Body’s Nutritional Needs 

Do you find yourself too busy to have breakfast or stop for lunch? It is a sign that you are ignoring your health as a freelancer and neglecting your own body’s needs. If you would like to stay healthy and make the most out of your business, you will need to find the time. Even a few minutes of walking around the house or taking the dog for a walk will help you clear your head and get your metabolism going. Avoid food that might make you feel sluggish. Check out Nutritional Cleanse’s range if you would like to get more vitamins and minerals in your body without having to cook every meal.  I now go to the gym three times a week after school run and before I start work. Rather than eating into my day, I find it motivates me when I do get back to the laptop, and it counteracts the hours spent sitting down!

Get Some Fresh Air 

Sometimes little things go a long way when it comes to your health. Getting fresh air will improve your immune system and help you make the most out of your digestive health, as well. Freelancers find it hard to keep themselves healthy, and they certainly don’t have enough fresh air, being stuck indoors or in the car or meeting customers. Instead of ignoring your health as a freelancer open some windows, open the door, work undercover in the garden or just take five-minute breaks outside.

Automate What You Can to Avoid Repetitive Moves 

If you spend most of your time typing away and copying and pasting images, your wrists will suffer. Make sure that you adjust your workspace and support your joints. If you have to wear wrist support to avoid strains and carpal tunnel syndrome,  do so. This is better than putting up with joint pain for years. You might also invest in back support and a footrest, so you can take the pressure off your joints and your legs and stay healthy. I would be lying if I said that ignoring your health as a freelancer when it comes to this goes without consequences but my physio would tell you that I’m lying.

Stay Active 

Being active doesn’t mean that you have to go to the gym every day or every other like me. In fact, you can set up an exercise routine for home. No matter if you learn yoga or Tai chi from YouTube videos or sign up for a health challenge online, you will be able to keep your muscles active and your digestive system healthy. You can walk, take a few stretches, or simply do some leg lifts when you are sitting in front of your computer. If you feel like you just want to sit on the sofa and watch your favourite series at night, challenge yourself to do more. 

Improve Your Sleep Patterns 

If you are overworked and your thoughts are still racing when you hit the bed, chances are that you will need to improve your sleep patterns.  You can find natural remedies for better sleep and relaxation, or simply take on meditation and other mindfulness exercises to stop the busy brain and get a good night’s sleep. I use a Yoga Nidra meditation and some breathing exercises before bed and am soon fast asleep.

Ignoring Your Health As a Freelancer: In Conclusion

To make the most out of your business as a freelancer, you have to learn how to put yourself first every now and then. Your health is one of your most valuable assets if you are running your own business without help. Don’t sideline it, make your wellbeing the first and last thing you do every day and trust me when I tell you, with the benefit of hindsight, that you will thank yourself for that later!

 

 

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