6 Tips on How to Balance Freelancing While Working Full-Time Job
Before you step into the world of self-employment, think about what your work day will be like. Perhaps you should reconsider once again whether you can balance your full-time job and freelancing.
Working full-time automatically means that your personal time is limited. Therefore, finding the time for freelancing can be difficult. Needless to say, it requires a lot of time balancing. People who successfully joggle both are living proof that balance can indeed be attained.
1. Time Management
Starting your freelancing career while working full-time tends to be quite overwhelming at times. The key to success is time management. Without some kind of a work schedule, which includes an estimation of time needed for finishing projects, it will be hard for you to manage your time.
Don’t get carried away by setting unrealistic time goals. This will only decrease your productivity. Time management is an important factor for all freelancers, especially for those who are working full-time. Take your time and plan your work ahead.
Being a freelancer has numerous advantages; however, there is one that cannot be stressed enough: the ability to work when and where you want. What I am trying to say is you don’t have to jump onto freelancing right after your 8hour shift ends. Take some time off and allow yourself to recharge.
Once you decide when you want to work, the following step is to plan your time. There are numerous tools you can use for time management (some are available on our resources page).
2. Don’t Take More Work Than You Can Handle
Make a plan that gives you enough time to start your freelancing career without feeling pressured. It’s extremely important to keep in mind that you should never bite off more than you can chew. Overloading yourself with work can only bring problems, and no profit.
You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.-Zig Ziglar
New part time freelancers usually take more work than they can handle, and they fail to meet the deadlines. Starting with just one “gig”or a few hours of work weekly, can be a good start of your new career.
3. Work Over the Weekends
Weekends are good for working on your part-time freelancing projects. Although, many people like to relax during the weekend, some enjoy to work on their new projects. If you are looking to quit your full-time job and start a full-time freelancing career, you might want to spend more time working over the weekends.
Many part-time freelancers don’t have enough time during the week days, so they focus on their work on weekends. In the end, you will see that it was worth it.
4. Have a Plan for Your Freelancing Career
If you are working full-time, your day is probably already planned, therefore, you don’t require as much time managing. In the world of freelancing, time management is essential. At the start of each month, go over the projects and when they are due.
There might be more than just one deadline per week. Creating a Google Calendar can really help you manage your time. Sunrise.am is another great alternative to Google Calendars.
You can also create a wall calendar and label the days when you are busy with work. Mark down freelancing due dates on the days when you don’t have a lot of work going on. Once you have your Schedule laid out, it’s important to stick to it in order to attain the best results.
5. Search for New Clients
There are many different ways you can search for your new clients. One of the most popular is by registering on a freelancing website/platform:
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Referrals could be another great source for new clients that you may try out. Feel free to ask your current and previous clients to further refer you. Your clients are likely to do so to people who are similar to them. That way you may find yourself a new client hassle-free.
You can also ask your friends, who are established freelancers, to referr you to their clients if you are working in the same niche.
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LinkedIn also has a lot of potential for landing freelancing work. You can join interest groups on LinkedIn. Once you are in these groups, you can send personalized messages without asking for anything. Get to know people, figure out their specific needs, and offer them a specific service.
If you need more ideas on how to start freelancing on LinkedIn, check out this The Savy Freelancer article:
6. Outline Your Goals
In order to succeed in the freelancing business, you need some sort of a goal. Set up both short and long term goals. Let’s say you are willing to make $200/month with some part time freelancing for start.
How are you going to achieve this? How much time will you need to earn a certain amount of money? Are you ready to make a transition from part-time to full-time freelancing?
You can create two plans, and this is usually beneficial. The first plan will consist of your projected earnings, and the second will consist of your time and project management. For the first one you can use Excel spreadsheet with amounts that you will be able to fulfill.
Think in advance. This plan will help you stay motivated and succeed in what you planned to achieve. A good way of keeping track is calculating your freelance earnings every Monday and saving them in one spreadsheet. This way you can see your earnings by week, month, quarter and year.
Here is another great article from LifeHacker about managing freelance income:
The second plan is your time and project management plan. You can use any project managing tools, but we suggest you to use the ones that we tested and worked with in the past.
Feel free to check out our Resources page for more project & time management tools.
Still have problems balancing freelancing and working full-time? Feel free to reach out to us in the comments, and we will do our best to help you!