Working as a freelancer is probably one of the easiest ways to get started if you want to work from home.
The number of people who want to work from home is increasing, and one of the streams that you can start with is freelancing.
If you have a good skill set and know the services you can offer, you can register yourself at freelancing marketplaces like Upwork or Freelancer.com. The process to sign up is quite simple.
Though getting started as a freelancer is easy, the biggest challenge lies in balancing your work and family life. If you are a parent, you know that balancing can be a struggle.
Today, I will share some easy tips for freelancers to juggle their work and kids without feeling burnt out.
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1. Do the Important Project First
I cannot stress enough the importance of prioritizing your work when you work as a freelancer.
It's a common fact that freelancers have project deadlines and they typically work on an hourly or project basis. This means every minute they spend on their work counts.
To make your time the most productive, jump onto your most vital projects first and keep the rest for later.
Finding the most productive time is relative for everyone; however, I highly recommend doing your work during whatever times work best for you and having it completed before the deadline.
As a work-at-home parent, you never know what kind of emergencies come up, so it's always good to get the critical work done ahead of your schedule.
2. Use Time Tracking
When you are working from home, freelancing or otherwise, it's easy to lose track of time spent on different projects. Tracking your time and making time slots for various tasks can greatly improve your productivity.
It can also help you to be more organized and avoid working on redundant tasks. For freelancers who work on an hourly basis, time tracking apps can easily track the hours worked, giving you more time to focus on other tasks and family.
Of all the productivity software, time tracking apps like Toggl, TimeCamp, and Timingapp can help you immensely.
3. Plan, Plan, Plan
Sometimes no matter how much you plan your workday, things can go haywire if an emergency comes up with kids. That being said, it's still essential that you plan your day to keep things going smoothly work-wise.
Whether it is late night or early morning, make a list of tasks that need to be done on that day and set aside a reasonable amount of time for breaks.
Putting everything on a piece of paper can make you feel accountable, and it's also helpful to refer back to your to-do list. With kids around, it may be difficult to remember everything, so this can come in handy.
Having a structured day plan for your kids and your work can be a significant factor in achieving your work goals.
4. Organize Activities for Kids
The best way to keep kids busy while you work is engaging them in activities.
Whether you are an occasional remote worker or a freelancer working from home, planning fun play activities for your kids while you work can give them a chance to have fun, and you can use that time to get some work done.
Find unique ways to keep them occupied and also take little playtime breaks to take the work pressure off.
If you have toddlers at home, then having a work desk near their play area is ideal, so you can keep an eye on them and still work. I am sure this will work for you, it surely does for me!
5. Avoid High-Pressure Projects
It is quite tempting for any freelancer to take on high paying projects. After all, we want to earn a good income, that’s the goal.
But if you are a freelancer working from home with kids around, then this scenario might be a disaster.
High paying jobs usually mean strict deadlines and a heavy workload. This might not fit into your lifestyle, and eventually, you can end up being super stressed.
Be realistic in taking up projects which suit your daily schedule. Strive to give quality work for the projects you take on.
There is no use in taking on five clients if you don't have the time required to complete the job for each client.
Working from home as a freelancer is not a small task. But with simple hacks, it can be managed while you enjoy your family time and give the best to your work.
About the Author
Sireesha is a career blogger and an avid side hustler helping people find remote jobs, and unique side hustles through her blog, Crowdworknews.com. She also has a free course on Starting a Profitable Side Hustle.