The original goal for becoming a freelancer might be to spend less time at the office and more time at home with family. But freelancers often find themselves burdened with work at home, in the evenings and on weekends. Maintaining a work-life balance is a challenge for all freelancers, even the most experienced, but by following proven effective strategies, business and personal success can be achieved over time. In this post, we’ll provide a quick guide to maintaining a work-life balance as a freelancer.
Create a Dedicated Work Space in the Home
Because you no longer have that office to separate the lines between working life and home life, you’ll now have to create that separation within the home. This means building a dedicated work space in which you’ll complete your work and only use for working purposes. You might also choose to work from a local library, where there are fewer distractions. This can help you to maintain regular office hours as most local libraries close around 6pm.
Build a Bond with Your Clients
Most freelancers might not recognize this fact, but their clients do appreciate their own family time. This means that you can bond with your clients over family life and create a clear separation between work time and personal time. You can begin to do this by detailing the days you’ll be “out of office” on family vacations and during other important days of the year such as family birthdays. This has two distinct benefits: it acts as a way for clients to plan their own work schedules around your personal days. And it will give you days to look forward to when you’re working tirelessly for your money.
Develop Long-Term Business Relationships
In addition to bonding with clients and helping them to plan their long-term strategies, and fit their work into your schedule, it’s also important to plan for long-term relationships with your clients. You can do this by showcasing your talents over a long period of time, and proving your commitment to their particular business. Once you’ve established a rapport, you can then sit down with the client and work on a longer term contract that means you no longer have to spend time searching for other projects.
There will always be those days on which the work seems unending. But proactive freelancers can build and maintain an effective work-life balance by maintaining clear communication with clients and developing their own workspace habits. To discuss this topic with a business expert use the link below.
Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.
Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.
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