How to Become a Freelancer Post-Covid

How to Become a Successful Freelancer Post-Covid

Covid-19 has meant that more freelancers have been working from home and have had more time on their hands to reflect about their old working routine. This has caused people to make drastic changes in their lives and take the plunge into the world of freelancing, where they have the freedom to choose their working hours and what work they complete. Whilst there are elements of instability with freelancing, the benefits certainly seem to be outweighing the risks, such as the idea you can do your freelance work remotely thanks to technology, giving you the opportunity to work wherever you fancy.

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If you’re new to the world of freelancing and have previously been an employee of a business, it’s important to recognise the difference between ‘employee’ mentality and ‘freelancer’ mentality. As an employee, you were being managed by someone and being told what to do. You are also surrounded by other employees, so you have people to turn to and socialise with. As a freelancer, you are your own boss which requires putting more effort into your work and having complete control over what you do. 

You also need to remember that there is no one checking up on you, so you have to make sure that you follow your goals and meet deadlines for your clients. Although freelancing can be lonely, you can still build a community by connecting with other freelancers and collaborating with them to share ideas and any issues you have encountered, which can be key for keeping your mental health on track.

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As a freelancer, it’s important that you are disciplined as the benefits and drawbacks of freelancing from home are the same making it hard to separate you work and home life. Whilst you can check your emails at any time of the day, it may mean that you don’t respond back to your clients in an efficient time frame which can come across as unprofessional.

Top Tips for being a Disciplined Freelancer:

  • Have a routine: Working from home means you can often get into the habit of working all the time and not taking time out for yourself. Implement a routine into your daily life so you have a clear start and end time to your day. At the end of the day switch off and leave the office door shut!
  • Have boundaries in place: Consider how quickly you respond to clients. If you respond instantly, your client will always expect an instant response going into the future.
  • Mindful eating: Working from home means you can eat whatever you like and can make endless trips to the kitchen cupboard for a biscuit. Instead, start your day off with a heart breakfast to set yourself up for the day. Choose your snacks carefully as you don’t want to get on a sugar high and let your energy levels dwindle. Opt for some fruit or nuts that releases energy slowly and keeps you sustained for longer. Make sure you stay hydrated and drink enough water throughout the day.
  • Take breaks: Remember to take frequent breaks throughout the day to ensure that you don’t get burnt out. Take time out to do the laundry or go for a walk around the block to bet some fresh air.

If you’re thinking about becoming a freelancer, here are some things you should consider before starting on your journey:

  • Think about what your currently lifestyle looks like, do you have financial security to fall back on as you won’t have a steady source of income.
  • Be disciplined, ensure you have a good work-life balance and know when to switch off for the day.
  • Research your freelancer fees and rates.
  • Decide whether you’re going to set yourself up as a sole trader or a limited company.
  • Have clients already lined up and make sure you know your target market by doing research.
  • Register for tax with HMRC.
  • Consider taking out freelance insurance. 
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