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17 August Thursday

8 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FREELANCERS

Freelancing, in other words working from home, is a preferred working method for those who do not want to experience the office stress. However, this method of work itself contains some rules. Because if you do not work within a certain program, things do not get as easy and comfortable as one might think. Here are suggestions for those who work from home.

Convince your family members

If you worked full-time in an office for a long time and then after a while decided to work as freelancer, you are aware of the changes.

Although you recognize these changes, your family or your household may not actually recognize it. So, before you start working from home, it's a good idea to communicate with your household and tell them that you have actually not lost your job and made a new decision.

This will be very useful in terms of both so you are not unnecessarily disturbed and in creating the image that you are still a working person.

Do not forget to sign a contract

Freelancers generally ignore this article. Because they consider that contracts are effective for only full-time works. But primary issues are encountered with during freelance working.

Therefore, if you believe that you are doing your job properly, make sure you sign a contract to protect your mutual rights.

Planning and programming is highly important

Working in an office environment where working hours are defined will greatly influence a person's planning ability. If you started freelance working, you will be held responsible for everything.

Therefore, make working a routine and pay good attention to working as if you are working in an office.  When your friends invite you to have a cup of coffee, remember you are leaving your office with no one else there.

Networking

Many people working from home will continue their lives setting aside their social environments. But if you want to continue as a freelancer; rather than giving up the business networking, the business network should be further expanded. Because a person cannot survive financially by not getting new jobs unless they expand their surroundings.

Saying ‘No’ is as important as saying ‘Yes’

Do not welcome every job by considering unreasonable sentences such as "l will do it anyway, l have plenty of time, l earn money.” Everybody has a working capacity and should accept jobs accordingly.

Therefore, learn to say no for jobs you are unable to complete.

 

Do not let others exploit you

Because you work from home, many employers will make the assumption that you are cheap labor. If one will persuade himself or herself to work for low wages, this working method will become unbearable. Of course, some extra work can be done for customer satisfaction. But certainly, it should not be done for low wages.

Learn to report back

A report provides information on the progress of the work. Not providing information to your customer, can lead to the creation of ideas that you cannot control. Whether it is good results or bad, progress should be reported to the customer. This is a different kind of saying "we trust each other."

Remember to socialize

While office life contributes to one’s life in terms of experience it also causes you to have knowledge and socialize. When you start working full time you will socialize whether you want to or not. But that is not the case when start working from home. You may recognize that your socialization process decreases during the period of your work.

Therefore, do not forget to meet with your colleagues and normal friends under your plan and programs.

Do not work from home because it is called "working from home." There are cafes for freelancers where they can sit and spend hours.

You may research them, implement your job and socialize in the meantime. Furthermore, such coffee houses may bring in new business.

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