Running a freelance business has many perks, but it is still hard work and dominates your working life, so how can you supercharge your freelance business to make your time more productive, your revenues more profitable, and your freelance life a little freer? One place to start is right here, where we show you how to switch your mindset and automate processes.
The freelancing industry has boomed in recent years for a variety of reasons; some of them are social and economical, while others are technological. Whatever the reason you find yourself in a freelance role, at some point, you need to take command of the business and take it forward.
Instead of thinking of yourself as a freelancer, think of yourself as a business owner. Maybe you are still working on your own and only have a few clients to your name, but you still pay taxes for your work, making you a business. Drop the casual approach and adopt a super mindset to take your business to the next level and find financial freedom for yourself and your family.
Businesses around the world are benefiting from automation; not only is automation more accessible than ever before, but technology has also improved significantly. Businesses are using automation to take care of repetitive tasks saving money and increasing productivity.
You might be a freelancer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benet from automation. In fact, automation is one of the best ways to create more time in your everyday life to find clients, advertise, and grow your business in general. Automate invoices, emails, and newsletters.
Productivity is the difference between increasing your revenue at the end of the quarter or seeing the same numbers repeatedly. Most businesses – including freelance enterprises – are set up to be as productive as possible, so you can only move forward with more efficiency.
Generally, there are two approaches to tasking, you can multitask, or you can single task. Most people think it’s more productive to multitask, but that is not always the case. Multitasking splits attention and uses more brain power than focusing on a single task and planning effectively.
High Calibre Hotspotting
Hotspotting is the process of creating an internet connection and workplace in any place. One of the benefits of freelancing is that you can work anywhere, so whether it’s a coffee shop, an airport, a train or coach, or anywhere, you can connect to the internet and continue working.
There are certain things you need for high-calibre hotspotting, one of them is a reliable smartphone, and the other is an excellent personal hotspot plan with plenty of data so you can work freely from anywhere without worrying about whether your data is going to run out.
Freelancing is a fun and free way to work, but it’s not without its boring parts either. Unless you have your administration tasks efficiently organised, you are likely to run a less productive freelance business. But how can you integrate admin tasks into your busy daily schedule?
The answer is to create a block of time in your day or week where you can take care of the boring stuff. If you put it to one side in favour of freelance work, it builds up until it needs to be forcibly addressed. Working in small blocks helps you to keep on top of freelancing tasks.
Again, building a successful freelance business is about staying efficient and building your brand. Unlike a conventional brand, your reputation rests on your personal attributes and your quality of work; if you take on too much work, the quality will diminish and affect your reputation.
Don’t be afraid to say no! When you initially set up as a freelancer, you are looking for clients everywhere and are likely to take on lots of work for low pay, but as you gain experience, you have more freedom to pick and choose your jobs. Design a balanced workload for yourself.
When it comes to communicating with your clients, you have different channels to choose from; you could use emailing, messaging, phone calls, and online chats; alternatively, you could get in touch using video, which can have several advantages; that is why freelancers are using it.
Unlike messaging and emailing, video communication is direct and live meaning there are fewer errors in communication and project outlines. If you want to get your project brief correct the first time and avoid wasting time and resources with revisions, contact clients using live video apps.
Unorganised freelancers don’t stay in business for long; that’s because clients need to be contacted, invoices need to be sent, and the finances need to be neat and tidy. But even disorganised people can operate a successful freelance business using some lightning lists.
Lists are an excellent way to organise your daily activities and prioritise tasks to ensure you get the most out of your workload. Try not to feel snowed under by your workload; instead, decide what tasks are more relevant to your business goals and make more time for them in the day.
Freelancing is a varied livelihood, but you will still have many repetitive tasks to take care of every day. Repetitive tasks can be tiresome, but there are opportunities there to build more efficiency into your business and increase your revenue streams by using tempting templates.
Templates can be created by individual freelancers to support the unique requirements of the business; alternatively, they can be sourced online through websites and apps. Pre-fabricated templates are available for many conventional processes, such as invoicing and planning.
No freelance business should be without a selection of apps to support communication, planning, project management, accounting, and more. Apps are plentiful nowadays, so there is no trouble finding an app stack for your business; the trouble is finding the best ones because they range in quality. It’s best to consult online reviews to target the best apps for your business.