Freelancing is a rewarding yet challenging job. You are in control of your time and processes. You are also responsible for sales, marketing, accounting and invoicing. When you’re responsible for everything, it can be difficult to do things correctly and efficiently when deadlines are looming.
Speaking from personal experience, getting sloppy with your processes and work can be a slippery slope you want to avoid. It will come back to you at some point.
If you’re a developer, poor or rushed coding can lead to bugs, rework and/or make updates time consuming and frustrating. If you’re a designer, not properly laying out your workspaces correctly can make future updates difficult without a lot of rework.
Before you start any project, take the time to get everything in order.
- Get the project setup in your time tracking, invoice and project management applications if you use them.
- Get your project files setup and organized correctly.
- Outline all the steps necessary to complete the project before you start.
- Create a schedule of when you’ll work on the project.
Having a game plan in place before you start will keep you organized and allow you to work efficiently. If you’re not rushing to complete a project, you can take the time necessary to do the work correctly and completely.
The same can be said for all the non-billable work you must do like invoicing, marketing, etc. Setting time aside each week for these activities will help you stay on top of things because even the little things can add up quickly.
Running your own freelance business is has many ups and downs. Find a process that works best for you and stick with it. Don’t complicate things by being disorganized and rushed, it can lead to rework or work you can’t reuse on future projects.
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