How to Stay Motivated: The Self-Employed / Freelance Workforce
It’s no secret that the workforce has changed in recent years. The rise in businesses offering flexi-hours and working from home options to their employees has become commonplace in today's working society. Employers are seeing the benefits of these approaches, and with no sign of slowing down, diversity in the workforce is continuing to grow.
It’s no secret that the workforce has changed in recent years.
The rise in businesses offering flexi-hours and working from home options to their employees has become commonplace in today's working society. Employers are seeing the benefits of these approaches, and with no sign of slowing down, diversity in the workforce is continuing to grow.
Along with this, factor in technological advancements allowing people to work remotely, and there is no surprise that self-employment figures are on the rise.
Staying motivated is an important aspect to be successful in any job, but it is vital for the self-employed.
The flexibility in your timetable can be hard to juggle - you want to get the work done, but you also want to reap the benefits of saying goodbye to the 9-5 lifestyle. So exactly how can you stay motivated?
Here’s our top motivational tips if you’re self-employed or in the freelance workforce:
Know why you started
Your why is going to be the thing that drives you through the difficult times. The thing that gets you out of bed in the morning.
If you have taken the massive step to being self-employed, then you will already know why. Maybe you needed the flexibility to be with your children more, or to have the free-reign over your creativity.
It’s an amazing step to take: one that comes with a huge range of benefits.
In the times when you think ‘why am I doing this?’, really think about the change in your lifestyle. The long-term benefits, and the short. This will be the motivation you need to drive your business forward, no matter what the industry.
Being on the top of your game is essential for success. Without knowing what you have to do each day, and when your deadlines need to be met, how can you run an effective business?
Preparing a to-do list the night before is an easy way to get you on the path to mastering organisation. Ticking your to-do list off throughout the day is motivational: how good do you feel once you’ve met your own deadlines? Awesome.
It’s important to set realistic goals. If your to-do list is the length of your arm (ok, we all get these days), then you will end up demotivated, and not knowing where to start. So break it down into small steps that are easier to manage.
Getting into the habit of being organised will positively affect your motivation on a daily basis, and improve your efficiency, which could equal bigger profit margins - so give it a go!
You have flexibility, but you also need routine…
So perhaps you left the 9-5 work-life to get away from routine? Well, the bad news - you still need structure in your working days.
You are the reason your business makes money, so you need to do some work.
If you’re having daily lie-ins til noon, or taking 3 hour lunch breaks, then your business is losing crucial time that equals money.
It’s important to establish some boundaries with yourself. Maybe you work longer hours Monday-Thursday so you can have that lie in or an early finish on a Friday.
Finding what works for you is a vital path to success. You could be someone who works better at 5am (we wish we did), or you could be most creative at night. Utilising these times is a great way to maximise the benefits of freelance, and to keep you motivated.
Don’t stay locked away in your bedroom every day!
It can be easy to feel isolated as a freelancer. If you work in your home office Monday-Friday, the chances are you will become demotivated - especially if you’ve come from a large corporate office.
If you are a freelancer, sometimes you just need somebody to bounce ideas off, and to discuss your business with. And guess what? Plenty of other freelancers feel the same.
So the good news is you aren’t alone, and there are ways to get you out of your bedroom whilst working on your business.
Take a look at local co-working spaces – even if you only go once a week it’s an awesome way to sit in a room full of other entrepreneurs trying to make their dream come to life.
Get out and try out some networking events – even if this feels completely awkward to you, the people in the room will be doing the same as you. They want to meet other like-minded people, and create business relationships. Most networking events are either free, or low cost and can be a great way to get your business card about.
Take your laptop and sit anywhere with free Wi-Fi - mix up your scenery.
It can be hard for all of us to stay motivated 100% of the time - it’s just not possible. We all have our bad days, but as a freelancer, it’s important to pick yourself back up and think about your why.
We hope these tips have helped you!
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