Structure Your Life for Optimum Results
To be a successful freelancer, you need to develop systems, procedures, and habits that support your business. As freelancers our work lives aren’t structured by a company’s policies and procedures manual, so we have to create our own. Because we write our own rules, we can design them fit our own specific strengths, weaknesses, preferences, and goals.
The systems I use today are the ones I either learned on my own or from other freelancers who shared their processes with me. For example, during my first year as a freelance writer, I met a man who had been freelancing successfully for years. He had worked his way up to the enviable position of being the go-to writer for several companies in the area. As a newbie writer, I had a ton of questions and he graciously shared a lot with me.
He described one of the ways he projected professionalism on interviews with potential new clients. At the end of meetings he would ask prospective clients: "When should I contact you regarding the project we discussed?" Then he would open his calendar in front of them and write down the day and time. He said, "This simple action helped to show them that I am a serious businessman, not just some self-employed flake."
This is just one of the many habits I have followed over the years to launch, grow, and sustain my freelance career for three decades. My repertoire of systems includes both the large and small elements of the freelance work live – from filing business receipts for taxes to conducting myself professionally during meetings.
On this blog and in my Freelance Writing Secrets Revealed eCourse, I will share the tried-and-true systems, procedures, and habits I’ve learned for running an efficient, productive, and profitable freelance business.