Freelancer

12 ways of how to stay productive when freelance work slows

As a freelancer, I have times where life is going at formula one speed and I almost forget to
breathe, and then all of a sudden – the brakes go on! You’d think having some downtime
would be great but as a freelancer, it just gives you more time to panic – where’s the next
paycheck coming from? Am I ever going to get work again? Then the imagination goes into
hyperdrive, and before you know in your mind your business has collapsed and you are
homeless and destitute!

How to stay connected as a lonely freelancer

Having worked in busy offices, I understand the social benefits of being in close proximity to colleagues. Whether you are discussing the latest episode of Game of Thrones at the coffee machine, bouncing ideas regarding a client or celebrating a birthday, these can be welcome distractions in your working day. There are even colleagues who cross the boundaries of work and become life-long friends beyond the confines of the office.

Can you really escape on holiday as a freelancer?

The reason we become freelancers is to be our own boss, to set our own hours and have the flexibility we crave. This makes it sound almost bohemian. But as much as freelancing gives you a sense of freedom from the shackles of a corporate office, it throws up issues when you decide that you need a complete break. Well, it would if you are able to relax and switch off. The last thing you want are clients contacting you all hours and, god forbid, interrupting that mojito on the beach!