Trying to keep up a steady freelance client base when you’re working full-time is no easy task. You probably come home from work drained, and may have to dig deep to force yourself to stay motivated as you tackle freelance projects. If you’re struggling to balance a 9-5 job with your freelance work, consider these strategies:
Be realistic about what you can and can’t do
Everyone needs time off, so trying to work all day and then assuming you’ll come home and freelance for the rest of the night simply isn’t realistic. Instead of trying to take on too much (and burning out quickly) it’s important to set realistic expectations about what you can and can’t do. It’s okay to say no to projects. Take on the work that leaves you excited and motivated, and pass on the projects that seem draining.
When you’re trying to balance the demands of a full-time job with the challenges of freelancing, it can be easy to let small details slip through the cracks, costing you money and clients. To prevent this from happening, make it a point to stay hyper-organized. Rely on spreadsheets, charts, notes, and other organizational tools so that you’re always aware of exactly what needs to get done and when it needs to be completed.
Ditch the small clients in favor of a few bigger fish
If you’re trying to keep up with 15 clients who aren’t paying you very much, you’ll quickly feel overwhelmed. Instead, it’s better to part ways with small clients in favor of taking on a few more substantial customers who are willing to pay you more for your services. While it’s sad to part ways with a good client, you’ll end up making more money and probably dealing with less stress.
Don’t let it interfere with your full-time job
If you’re truly passionate about your freelance work, it’s tempting to want to spend time on it during the day when you think no one is looking. This puts you in a dangerous situation, and can quickly lead to you losing that full-time job. Fight the urge to sneak in some freelance work during the 9-5 day, saving these projects for after hours and the weekends.
How do you keep your freelance business thriving while you work full-time? Let us know in the comments!