As we’ve said before, time management can be a real concern for freelance developers. For those of you out there still struggling to properly get your freelancing scheduled out. We’ve returned with more ideas to help you fight this battle of wills:
Get rid of the clutter first
And by clutter we don’t mean the one on your desk, this time around. We mean all those small, fast tasks that you could be solving immediately and yet you let pile on indefinitely until they seem like insurmountable obstacles. Dealing with these tasks as they occur can help you be more productive in time. So, when working as a freelance developer, don’t put off answering that e-mail or voicemail until it’s too late. Follow up as soon as possible and get it off your head. If you can focus better on your freelancing projects, your productivity automatically increases.
This might be uncommon to you, if you’re just starting out as a freelance developer. If you’ve previously worked for a company, you probably always had someone to assign you tasks on a recurring basis, so you always knew what needed to be done when. This job now falls to you, my dear newbie freelance developer. Carefully plan your days and weeks so that everything gets done and delivered on time. Don’t forget to allot enough time for your administrative tasks. As a freelance developer, stuff like logging your expenses or sending out invoices and updating your blog all are important tasks for your freelancing career, so don’t ignore them.
Follow the golden rule
If you still haven’t heard of it, and you should’ve if you’re working as a freelance developer. The golden rule in this business is under-promise and over-deliver. When agreeing to deliver a project by a certain date, you as a freelance developer are basically promising your client to have that done. Breaking said promise and commitment is unlikely to have your clients return to you with more projects for you as a freelance developer. So when establishing a deadline, allow yourself enough buffer time so that unforeseen circumstances won’t make you break your word. It is actually preferable to offer up a timeline that will let you deliver a bit earlier than discussed. That way your clients will look at you in a more positive light and will be more likely to return and recommend you to their acquaintances as a reliable freelance developer.
Establish rules when living with family
Most of us tend to think of freelance developers as youngsters that are more likely to be independent and live on their own. However, as more and more people take up freelancing, this has stopped being a career solely for students looking to make a buck on the side. If you’re a family person, working as a freelance developer from home may bring its own challenges with it. Your family might just be so happy to have you around or not understand the importance of your tasks and always be intruding for one reason or another. To put it harshly, they’re a distraction for you as a freelance developer. As such, make sure to sit them down and define clear boundaries and rules for your work-day at home.
Managing your time as a freelance developer is one of the foundations of your career. Improperly managing your time can cause a chain reaction, impacting your productivity as a freelance developer, your own personal time, your income, your stress level and happiness, and so on. We hope that with the help of our tips, you’ll be able to improve your time organization skills and become a happier and more successful freelance developer!
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