As a freelancer you are in charge of your own business, so it’s important to have backups in place to help you through times when work is slow, your computer is down, or your personal life requires your immediate attention. Here are some tips on the kinds of backups freelancers should have in place.
Money in the Bank to Help During Slow Times
Freelance writing is a business, and that means you need to manage all aspects of it, including finances. There will be times when jobs might be slower and clients are few. A financial backup means that you have enough income in the bank to pay your bills for at least a few months.
With a financial backup plan, you have more freedom in choosing your assignments. If times are slow you can work on blogging, ebooks, or other income streams to help bring in cash, rather than taking low paying and unrewarding jobs.
Childcare Plan in Place
Some freelancers believe that when you work at home, you can do your job and also take care of your children. That is not always the case. You might have a few jobs that allow you a flexible schedule, but there will also be times when you will need to push through to a deadline, and without childcare you will struggle.
If your plan is to work from home to save on childcare costs (as many freelancers do) it’s still a good idea to have a backup plan in case you need to focus on work. Perhaps you can arrange to alternate childcare with another work at home mom, or maybe even take your child to daycare using a flexible schedule. A backup will save you from scrambling to find someone at the last minute.
Backups for Computers and Files
There are certain bits of technology that are crucial to the freelance writing business today. Those are: access to the Internet, a reliable computer, and organized computer files. Without these three things, freelancers and bloggers may waste hours each day simply getting ready to work.
With free Internet access available at most coffee shops, investing in a laptop is a smart idea. If your Internet connection goes down at home, you can easily pick up your laptop and head to a coffee shop in order to keep working. It’s also a good idea to get a portable backup or even thumb drive to store files. Clearly label the documents you put in storage so you can easily find them going forward.
Having enough money in the bank to ward off slow times is one thing, but finding clients is ultimately the thing that will keep a freelance writing career afloat. After all, you don’t want to spend your savings if you don’t have to.
It’s a good idea to have backup clients, or sources where you can make money while looking for steady work. Perhaps there is a client that you can always count on for a quick job, or an online site where you can make a few extra dollars. Have a backup option in mind before you need the extra income will put you one step ahead other freelancers.
The freelance writing life comes with many perks and a lot of freedom. But the flip side of that is a certain number of backups to ensure that your writing career remains secure. A few of these tips can help writers save time, money, and hassle down the road.
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