So I'm always researching for things on the internet. And one thing I've noticed is that there isn't that much information regarding being a beginning freelancer. There's a ton that I'm learning along the way and I'm pretty sure there's someone who would love to hear about it before they make the leap into freelancing.
So just to be clear, I still currently work a full time job outside of working on my craft, so I don't have as much time on my hands as I wish I did. I usually dedicate a couple hours after work and one of my two off days to writing/painting/marketing. When you have other responsibilities, especially children time management is a must.
If your thinking about becoming a freelancer I would definitely invest in a planner.
Organization is key. Any business owner knows how important being organized is. A planner will help you to keep up with scheduled posts( if you have a blog), it will have all the holidays if you want to run a promotion, and you can keep record of upcoming work/appointments or work you've done in the past etc.
A typical working day for me is waking up to get my daughter ready for school, feeding my son and getting him settled. Then (usually around 9:30am) I'll check my social media and open my website administration to check my stats..omg it's so exiting to see increased web traffic 😜..I dont have much time in the mornings so I'll also spend it sketching new painting ideas and putting notes in my planner.
Fast forward about an hour and I'm getting ready for work.... After work (around 9 pm.ish) I debrief with the kids and put them to bed and I'll stay up for a few hours and write a new blog post or start/finish up a painting.
When I have off days I dedicate one to family business and the other for myself and my craft. Another reason time management is important is because you must create balance or you'll burn out in one way or another.
When you're just starting out as a freelancer try not to be too anxious. Don't rush the sales, don't rush the blog traffic, just don't rush. Success doesn't happen overnight, it's a process that varies different from person to person depending on how much work you put into your craft. So just enjoy what you do and learn as much as you can along the way.
I think the last most important thing to keep in mind is that there will be dry moments. Some months will be more slow than others, and that's ok. It doesn't mean give up, it means that it's time to get innovative so you can get the results you want next time. Success all depends on your attitude toward the situation.
If you have any more tips please leave them in the comments below. Thanks guys.