More people than ever are freelancing and seeking out work on their own. Fortunately, there are also more tools and services than before dedicated to making it easier for freelancers to succeed. In the field of search engine optimization, for example, a marketplace known as SEOClerks has for years been helping to match providers with those who can benefit from their services. Those who visit SEOClerks on LinkedIn will see that the company recently published an interesting piece on how freelancers can improve their chances of success in other ways, as well.
One issue that many freelancers and independent contractors confront is the lack of structure that so typically comes with the territory. While some freelancers might accept contracts that have them working in the office of a client for some time, that kind of nine-to-five arrangement is not necessarily the norm. Some freelancers find it fairly easy, nonetheless, to impose their own, independent discipline on each working day and make sure every required piece of work is attended to in timely fashion. Many more, on the other hand, struggle with setting deadlines for themselves and meeting them, and that can lead to costly friction with clients.
As the post points out, though, all that it generally takes to overcome such issues is to develop some more suitable habits. Where someone working for a full-time employer will be able to count on having plenty of discipline-fortifying provisions in place, freelancers have to create and maintain their own. One option that the author points out is simply taking a few minutes to write down a rough schedule for each day to come. Whether charted out the evening before or in the morning before getting down to work, this bit of definition can make it much easier to work productively throughout the day.
At the same time, freelancers also do well to recognize that simply working for many hours in a row is not always the best option. Just as office workers tend to take a few minutes off here and there to socialize and recharge, so can taking a step back from the desk help a freelancer achieve more, as well. Even for those who initially struggle the most, simple tips like these can help make freelancing more productive.