Secret Life of the Freelance Professional

There are some little known facts about people who work as freelance professionals. Their work and schedule can be much different from someone who works a typical 9-5. To be a better freelance professional, consider these three secrets to optimize work and your personal life.

Secret #1. You learn the art of stillness

There in an incredible amount of organizational skill needed to be a freelance professional. More than likely, you are trying to balance several jobs and clients at one time. Additionally, you may be a professional in a couple different fields so one minute you are in “editor mode” and the next you have to be in “graphic designer mode.” This can easily get very frustrating and overwhelming. To be successful at balancing the work, a freelance professional must master the art of stillness. This will bring clarity and focus and make the tasks at hand easier to deal with.

Secret #2. You have to make an effort to conquer isolation

Being a freelance professional can be very lonely and humans naturally need social interaction with other humans. Freelancers should make it a priority to break away from work to set dates with friends or other freelancers. They should also not stay confined in their home or office, but work in different settings with a warmer ambiance like the local coffee shop.

Secret #3. Network non-stop

Your livelihood depends on you getting out there. Make it a goal to meet one new person every day. Always have your cards on hand and chat it up with other freelancers, potential clients, and friends.

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