13 Principles of Effective Time Management for Freelancers

by Steven Snell
on October 1, 2009

in Business/Freelance

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Freelancers and independent designers have the need to achieve efficiency with their time. Effective time management does not come naturally for many of us, but to avoid working ridiculous hours and to greatly increase the chances of success in business, it is an area that needs attention. While working to improve the effectiveness of my time is an on-going journey for me, I have learned some things along the way that I think may be helpful to others. This article is written with freelance designers in mind, but the basic principles apply to many other situations as well.

1. Respect and Value Your Time

The first and most critical step towards being able to effectively manage your time is to respect and value it. As a freelancer, time is the most valuable asset you have. With your available time you can pursue various projects and determine how you want to make an income. Without any time you will be unable to do the work that produces the income.

Respecting your time is a general attitude that involves realizing the value and potential of your time, and a desire to work towards achieving greater efficiency and productivity with it. If you disrespect your own time others will do the same and you’ll wind up working harder and longer to earn the income that you need. Respecting your time will generally lead you towards an interest and a willingness to do the other things that are mentioned throughout this article.

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15 Tips for Breaking in as a Part-Time Freelancer

by Steven Snell
on September 23, 2009

in Business/Freelance

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The best way to get started as a freelancer, in my opinion, is part time. There are many benefits to starting off in a limited role (which we will discuss in this article), as opposed to jumping in full-time. Here we will take a detailed look at the subject and provide tips based on experience. This article is intended primarily for those who have some experience with design but are looking to gain more experience and improve their skills before going into full-time freelancing.

I’m constantly in contact with readers who are at the early stages of freelancing or designing for a career, so I hope this subject will prove to be of value to you.

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10 Tips To Help Freelancers Prioritize Tasks

by Steven Snell
on September 9, 2009

in Business/Freelance

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Being a freelance designer brings a lot of challenges to the daily work aside from the expected design-related issues. Running your own business means that you’ll have to deal with finances, customer service, marketing and every other aspect of the business on top of the design or development work that produces an income. For many freelancers this juggling act is the hardest part of the being a freelance designer.

With so many things that always need to be done, and limited time to dedicate to these tasks, effectively prioritizing tasks is essential in order to achieve efficiency and productivity. If you’ve been working on your own for a while you are probably aware of the challenges that you face in this area, and maybe you are interested in working to improve your ability to effectively prioritize. If you are new to freelancing or just considering making the jump, this is a topic that demands attention.

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9 Tips to Help Freelancers Prepare for a Vacation

by Steven Snell
on August 19, 2009

in Business/Freelance

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While being a freelance designer (or any other type of freelancer) brings plenty of advantages in terms of flexibility and independence, it also comes with its share of negatives. One of the biggest is that it’s difficult for freelancers to set aside time to actually take a vacation and get away from the work for a while. Because there are no paid vacation days like there are for employees, freelancers usually wind up taking very little time off.

If this is something that you struggle with, there are some things you can do that will help you to prepare for the time off and to minimize it’s impact on your business. In fact, getting the time away should actually help your business since we all need some time off to relax and get re-charged.

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