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Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Productivity As A Freelancer | Why It Matters

Productivity matters in any form of work. In the big corporations millions are spent thinking up new ways to get people productive. Even in smaller businesses it has become more important, with work flexibility coming to the fore more than ever before. It centers on the simple fact that if a worker is happy, then they’re going to be more productive. The same applies to you. Being a freelancer, you likely won’t have a manager keeping you as productive as possible. Instead, for most, the only method of motivation you have is what you give yourself. So how do you increase your productivity? There are many ways to go about it. From focusing on yourself, to focusing on your business and how it operates. The key thing to remember is that everyone is different. What works for friends might not work for you. It’s why trial and error play a key part. Try some of these and see if they can help you.

Use The Help Available

People freelance for different reasons. Some own their own business on the side, others sell articles, some design websites. Using the right tools makes all the difference. If you have your own business and want to appear more professional, think about using physicaladdress.com. You could do the same by using a dedicated business number for the phone you use. Appearances are everything, especially when you look at what your competitors are using. Checking them out is always a good barometer of how you appear to any potential customers. Even if you find your clients by going to them directly, appearing professional may bring some to you. These first impressions count.



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Use The Right Tools

These will always be bespoke to the freelancing industry you’re part of. For example, if you’re processing powerful Excel sheets which seem to be going quite slow, you might need a new laptop. The costs of these tools might be quite prohibitive, but just about the extra amount of work you’ll get through with the extra computing power. The same with website design tools you could use etc. The right tools will also improve productivity. Think about your internet speed. Would that being faster help you to work faster? Little things like this can make a big difference.

Pick Your Space

Freelancers often work from home, which can be quite tough. The golden rule is not to relax and work in the same place. meaning , don’t work in your living room, or your bedroom. This can be quite hard if your home is small, or if you live with another freelancer. You need to find somewhere you associate with work, where it becomes productive for you to work. This might be a study in your home, where you have a desk, or it might be the local coffee shop. Wherever it is, you’ll be more productive working there because you’ll associate it with work. Whereas your living room will always be associated with relaxation, so your productivity will be inhibited. Give it a try, see if it works for you.

K Elizabeth xoxox

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