The Perks of Being A Freelancer – Freedom and Peace of Mind

It is being said all over again that being a freelancer has many perks in term of freedom and peace of mind.

Why is that so?

We will have a look at why these two are so important for us.

Freedom.

1. You get to set your own working hours unlike many of our counterparts who have a fixed hour of either 8.30am to 5.30pm or 9.00am to 6.00pm.

2. You get to decide when to have that cup of coffee, the sandwich, the bagel and even lunch hour. For most people, lunch hour would be either 12.00pm or 1.00pm but for you it can be at 11.00am, 2.00pm, 3.00pm or even 4.00pm.

3. You don’t have to work 8 hours a day. You can work one hour if you like or 12 hours when things are piling up.

4. You don’t have to sleep at 10pm if you don’t want to. You can choose to sleep at 4.00am and wake up at 11.00am and call it your bed time.

5. You don’t even have to wait until the end of the month to get payments. You can get payment every week, every fortnight or every month. Some even get paid every day (this doesn’t apply for all countries).

6. You don’t have to find excuse to get medical leave. You don’t have to see the doctor to get a medical leave. You don’t have to show the medical bill as prove that you are ill.

7. You can watch TV while working (if that works for you). At least it works for me, except that I watch videos while working since I write a lot of stuff and I need to have something either to distract myself or to get more ideas.

8. You don’t have to wear formal attire to work at home.

9. You don’t have to leave home to go to work, so you get to save money on transportation.

10. You don’t have to eat outside and you have more time to cook, and save even more money on food.

Peace of Mind.

1. No one will be monitoring your work all the time (from your back or during meetings).

2. No one will keep telling you to “finish this before 5.00pm” or “don’t eat when you are working”.

3. No one will be bothering you while you work on your projects (imagine having colleagues that love to chit chat with you while working – mouth doing all the work and yet hands are not typing or doing anything).

4. No one will shout at you just to “borrow a pencil” or “share your snacks”.

5. Noย  need to share toilets with other people.

6. You can watch any TV programs (if there is a TV in the office for use during lunch hour or tea break) that you like without having to ask someone else, “what would you like to watch?”.

7. You don’t have to worry about what to wear to work especially if you are not the type of person who enjoy shopping for clothes every other weekend.

8. The most important of all, your boss will not be glancing at you all the time to check whether you are working or talking.

Did I miss something? Continue at the comments, please.

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction ๐Ÿ™‚

What To Do When You Are Rejected

It must be heart breaking to be rejected for the very first project you bid on. After all you have spent so much time preparing your portfolio for the project.

However, this is life. There are people winning and losing at the same time.

Perhaps you are rejected today but tomorrow, you might get yourself a better project.

Here are a few things you can do in times when you are rejected from the projects you bid on.

1. Mourn

Consider this as a ritual. You will feel better.

2. Move on

Everyone needs to move on. When a husband died, the wife moves on. When one is rejected, one will have to move on too.

3. Compare Your Own Performance – not others

Perhaps you might be comparing your work with others to measure your performance but do you know this is so wrong? You should be comparing your present work with your previous work rather than with someone else’s work.

4. Don’t be agressive – be positive

I know it is hard to take the loss but don’t let this affect your mental healthย  into doing something stupid like harassing the winner of the projects.

5. Bid on other projects

When you lose in a project, go on and bid on other projects. There are so many projects around and you are bound to get one. It is a matter of time.

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction ๐Ÿ™‚

What You Should Not Do As A Freelance Writer

When we talk about being a freelance writer, many people thought that it is easy to write, everyone can write and we can write about everything. The truth is there is more than just writing.

Certainly everyone can write but not everyone can write excellent materials and definitely not everyone can write about just anything in the world.

If you want to be a freelance writer, there are things you need to remember to NOT DO.

  1. Do not depend on writing as the sole income.

    This is very important because not everyone can earn a living being a full time writer. Try to get some other part time jobs to support your living.

  2. Do not submit a bid and wait for an answer (it takes more than one for an answer).

    Submit as many bids as you are allowed or possible to increase the chances of winning projects. This will naturally increase your income as well.

  3. Do not blame yourself or anyone if you have been rejected for many projects.

    I am sure that you will get rejections before you are accepted for selected projects. The truth is rejection is not so bad after all it is a lesson. Not everyone is lucky to be selected for a project the first time they bid on a project but perhaps one out of ten would be the lucky one. If you are not the one, don’t feel sorry.

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction ๐Ÿ™‚

Get Inspired – Watch People

Need to write but having writer’s block?

Surprisingly, there are many ways to clear writer’s block but I am going to talk about the one and only way that truly helps to find ideas when writing.

Watching People

No this is not a joke, if you think it is.

This is for real. You can get ideas when you watch people. Just go to a busy place (ie: bus stand, streets, markets and even malls) and watch those people busy meddling with their work, whether they shop, eat, walk or run and talk.

I always find this unusual but it works! Maybe not for every writer, but who knows if this can help you achieve what you need to do.

A simple logic behind this scenario is when you watch these people, ideas can struck you (or flash in your brain). That is when you know what you should write about (whether you have a topic or not).

Try it, who knows you will get an idea to write about.

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*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction ๐Ÿ™‚