Everyone thinks that freelancing is a great way to maintain work-life balance, but what they don’t see is freelancers go beyond what normal employees do, such as invoicing customers, generating leads and talking to customers. A poll from Inc. found that remote workers are more likely to work longer weekly hours than their in-office friends, with 53% saying they put in over 40 hours when working remotely.
Here are the ways to find a work life balance while freelancing.
1. Create a flexible go-to schedule
Flexibility is an inherent trait of freelancing, but that doesn’t mean you have to forego structure. If you do your best work in the morning, then wake up early and knock off your tasks, so at 3 pm when you are done. Structure can help set boundaries, but that said, flexibility is key for maintaining work-life balance, so allow for some wiggle room.
2. Find a productive workspace
Just don’t work from your couch just because you are allowed to do it. This could mean setting up a home office that you love to be in or finding a coffee shop or co-working space. A place to work outside the house, even if it’s just occasionally, can be great for work-life balance.
3. Seek out human interaction
Freelancing can be an isolating experience, engaging often with other people is important. A co-working space can be a good place to meet other freelancers and you can set up regular work dates with friends who are also freelancers.
4. Don’t bite off more than you can chew
Freelancers can worry about saying no to work, but you will make yourself miserable if you have way too much on your plate. Know how much you can reasonably handle at one time, and if you have to say no, say no. Clients will understand and let them know when you will be available.
Work-life balance can be tough for freelancers to find, but with a little planning and forethought, you can prevent work from dominating your whole life.