IfÂ you do freelance work, it’s easy to get caught up in projects and in deadlines without looking at the bigger pictures. Here are four areas that can really sabotage your freelance business if you don’t plan for them:
- Factor One, Administration — I’m talking about paperwork: the bills, the e-mails, the queries, and the proposals. Another example is filling outÂ your tax forms (in the U.S. most freelancers file estimated taxes quarterly).Â These tasks have gotten be finished. Yet, too often we freelancers forget to allot time for the mundane tasks of running a business.
- Factor Two, Appointments — The oven repairman is coming, and yes, he’s going to take some of your time. You need to run your child to the doctor for immunizations, and yes, that will take time. Your car needs an oil change, and yes, that will take time.
- Factor Three, Freelancers Get Sick Too — It’s 8:00 p.m. and the big deadline is tomorrow. Suddenly you’re filled with gut-wrenching pain. You rush to bathroom and vomit repeatedly into the commode. In fact, you spendÂ your entire evening in the bathroom.
- Factor Four, Murphy’s Law — When you least expect it, things will go wrong. The computer will crash. A storm will sweep through the area and wipe out the power for a few hours.Â You will have problems with your Internet provider.
These factors can undermine your business if you don’t watch out. A colleague of mine, a fellow freelancer and a mentor, used to say that if you can’t takeÂ care of yourself at least as well as a corporation would take care of youÂ then you shouldn’t be freelancing.Â
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