If you’ve decided to close your income gap by freelancing on Zoondy, learning to schedule your time productively is one of the toughest adjustments you’ll have to make. Working from home as a freelancer lacks the time definition of the typical 9-to-5 job. When you are the only one in the office there’s no one around to notice when you start working, how long you take for lunch, how many breaks you take or when you call it quits at the end of the day. Some people thrive in such an unstructured environment, but most of people need at least some structure in order to be productive.
While freelancing from home offers enviable flexibility, unless you establish reliable work habits your productivity may suffer and you may not realize the income you had hoped for.
To learn how to adapt to a freelance work schedule, follow these tips:
- Create an office space. Designate a place in your home to be your office. Having one place where all your work materials are easily accessible not only aids organization, it helps you transition into work mode when you enter your office.
- Designate a work period. Set aside a regular time each day for work and try to stick to it.
- Give yourself time to adjust. Ease into your new job slowly. You may want to keep your workload light at first until you learn to accurately estimate the time required to complete a job. Missing deadlines because you’re overcommitted won’t earn you repeat business.
- Reset home-work priorities. To accommodate your new freelance responsibilities you may need to make sacrifices in other areas of your life. You and your family may need to work together to reprioritize life-work commitments.
The above tips can be used to adapt to any major change in your work circumstances. The same principles apply whether you’re starting a home business on Zoondy, moving from part-time to full-time work or returning to the workplace after lengthy unemployment. For additional tips on finding jobs, coping with unemployment and working for yourself; visit The Zoondy Daily.