Working for yourself as a freelancer has many advantages, including flexibility and the ability to choose some of the projects that you work on. However, it isn’t always easy to stay disciplined when you’re the only one in the office (or at home). As the sole person running your business, it’s important to stay organized, but many people find that difficult. So, here are some tips on the essentials of organization as a freelancer.
Write Things Down
When you’ve got a screen in front of you, it’s tempting to type everything you need to remember but it’s also easy to forget about it. If you write it down with pen and paper, the things you need to remember are always right next to you while you’re working. For instance, it’s a good idea to write down jobs at the start of every day and organize them by priority. You can also give yourself a time limit for each job so you fit everything into your day, including breaks. That way, you’ll always deliver your work on time and keep clients happy.
Restart Your Computer
Freelancers tend to have a habit of keeping their computers and laptops on all the time. It’s far easier than shutting down and restarting every few hours. However, that often means that desktops aren’t able to update and usually run slower than they should be, slowing down how quickly you can get your work done. It’s a good idea to restart your computer once a day to make sure all updates are happening when they should. If your computer isn’t updating automatically, you may have to do it manually every so often and install a good security monitor. With the number of websites freelancers usually visit and emails they receive, it’s easy to pick up a virus without knowing it.
Keep Track of Invoices
This is always a difficult job for freelancers because it’s possible to work with up to ten different employers per day on different jobs. It would be easy for a freelancer to send off an invoice and completely forget about it. One of the best ways of keeping track is to use tools like a paystub maker so you can email one copy to your employer and print out a second copy for yourself. As the invoices are paid, move your copy to a file for safe keeping and tax purposes. Once you’re in this routine, you never have to worry about invoices again.
Freelancers tend to build rapports with clients, so they often work together more than once. If you have regular clients, it’s worth creating folders for them so you can store the work you’ve done there. It saves having to scout through tons of separate files to find what you’re looking for when you need it. It’s a great way to declutter your files and you can delete work easily as and when you think appropriate so you aren’t taking up unnecessary space.
With a bit of organization, being a freelancer is a wonderful job.