Balancing wellness is a critical component of any successful freelance career. Freelancing is an attractive source of income for many, whether it’s part-time or full-time. That said, you must find time for your own wellness if you want to avoid the risk of burnout, as shared by these successful professional freelancers.
Looking out for yourself
Your freelance work shouldn’t come at the detriment of your own health. This tip holds true for all kinds of freelancers, but especially for those juggling another job alongside their freelancing. Publishous suggests spacing out your projects to give you some breathing room if you can; for those who can’t, consider planning out your work week in advance to give you an idea of what kind of tasks you need to complete.
Structuring your day around a specific plan can help you avoid the dreaded freelancer burnout. Due to the flexibility of freelance work, it’s possible to work to your own timeline. If you are working another job make sure that, as best you can, the jobs don’t overlap as this is sure way to burnout.
While you’re busy planning out your day, remember to leave some time to exercise. HipLatina emphasizes the importance of physical activity with the rise of the body positive movement, and this self-confidence booster helps give you a bit of a break from your busy routine. More importantly, exercise helps give you the physical strength to tackle even the most demanding workday.
Finding communities and mentors
Freelancing can be a lonely job; so finding fellow freelancers within your area gives you a support network of like-minded individuals, which is good for your mental wellness. The best place to find such support is in co-working spaces. These have popped up in all major cities and have transformed how freelancers and solo entrepreneurs work. Industrious outline how top co-working spaces have community memberships which gives users access to exclusive events where it is easy to network and meet fellow freelancers. Having a physical space that puts you in contact with fellow freelancers and entrepreneurs can also give you that much-needed boost of motivation when you’re starting to feel overwhelmed. Freelancing opens you up to a whole world of possible connections, even from people outside your industry.
Mentorship is likewise crucial for any freelancer to succeed. Mentorship is likewise crucial for any freelancer to succeed. A great mentor will not only help you improve your craft, but will also help you navigate the busy and ever-changing world of what it means to freelance. From introducing you to good clients or teaching you how to deal with bad ones, a mentor makes the lonely freelance path feel a lot less, well, lonely.
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Here at Latinas in Business we are no strangers to finding meaningful work in today’s increasingly competitive environment. While freelancing is attractive, you should remember that the freelance industry is still in its infancy. This means there are a lot of exciting opportunities to come in the near future, but that you should also look to care of yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of working freelance.
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