How to Stay Busy As a Freelancer

Three Parts:Setting GoalsCreating a ScheduleFinding Work

When you work from home as a freelance writer, it's not always easy to stay on schedule and plan your tasks accordingly. Time management is an important skill that can sometimes make or break your success. Here are a few tips to staying busy and getting the most out of your day when you are your own boss.

Part 1
Setting Goals

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    Make a list of long term goals (one year or more) you wish to achieve as a freelancer. Keep your goals realistic and attainable. These long term goals can be broken down into short term goals (less than one year- typically 6 months or fewer) and from then you can start establishing daily goals.
    • Ex: If your goal is to write about 2,000 words per week, your short term/daily goal would be to write about 300 words per day.
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    Don't go overboard. Two or three well thought-out long term goals should be enough. If you find yourself writing a long list of vaguely detailed goals, you need to imagine the big picture and ask yourself what you want out of your freelance career.
    • Ex: Say your long term goal is to live comfortably working from home. You need to determine how much you want to make and how you plan on getting there.
    • If can't come up with a decent plan, then that long term goal should be set aside until you're in a position to make it happen.

Part 2
Creating a Schedule

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    Create a rough schedule. You can start planning from the time you wake up or when you prefer to start working. Start with jotting down your daily goals then add a task that will help you complete said goal.
    • Ex: You want to write three articles? Well, where do you find work, and how much time are you willing to commit the task?
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    If you've never tried sticking to a schedule, start with something small and gradually work your way up. Add to it when you feel more comfortable completing more tasks throughout the day. Don't overwhelm yourself. Remember: Realistic and attainable.
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    Create something you can easily stick to, but still boosts your productivity. Establish deadlines for yourself, and hold yourself accountable when you miss them.

Part 3
Finding Work

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    Investigate your options. Whether you've been freelancing for one website for years or you're completely new to freelance work, keep in mind that there are dozens of websites dedicated to freelancing. However, before you sign up for a new website, make sure that it is a reputable source. You don't want to enter your personal information into an iffy website.
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    Pursue opportunities providing experience. If you're just starting out, it's wise not to focus on the money so much as the experience you're gaining. The better work you produce- paid or otherwise- will help you build a positive reputation as well as expand your professional portfolio. This will help you move onto bigger projects later on.
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    Consider the payment. Content Mills are a great start for inexperienced freelancers, but keep in mind that most only pay you $0.01-$0.05 for your work (BKA Content, Demand Studios). Other sites have more of a bidding system (Textbroker, Freelancer). Clients set their terms and provide the basic details of what they need and when they need it. Creators then bid to get picked. Whoever the client picks is the one that gets to write the article.
    • Ex: "I need 10 articles written in 6 days and I'm willing to pay between X and X amount of money."
    • Ex: "I can write 10 articles in three days for $250." Congrats, you win money.
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    Give blogging a try. Blogging is a very useful tool in today's world. Not only can creating a blog keep you busy in between projects, it can be used as a creative outlet to document you personal experiences or it can be used to get your name out there. Find a niche or use your blog as a sort of online journal.


  • Freelancing is hard work, but don't get discouraged. Keep working hard and build you way up.


  • Make sure a website is a reputable and trustworthy source before entering personal information.

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