One of the biggest challenges that Amy Koughan faced when she embarked on her career as a freelance photographer was managing her time so she could provide her service, market her business and deal with the administrative tasks that come along with the work. Freelancers who fail to do this will find themselves missing deadlines and allowing work to accumulate, so consider these pointers if this is an area where you need to improve.
Keep A Schedule
Your memory may be great but it is not immune to slipping. Keep this in mind as you start to take on more work, as it can be very easy to forget about small tasks that are important to your clients. Keep a written schedule that defines all of the tasks you need to complete in your working day and stick to it as closely as possible.
There are so many distractions that can pull your focus away from your work. Many freelancers make heavy use of computers, whether it is to do their work, find new clients or communicate with existing ones. Those fifteen minutes that you spend browsing Facebook takes away from time you should be dedicating to your work, so exercise some willpower and eliminate distractions.
Understand Your Limits
New freelancers can often feel uncomfortable saying “no” to clients, which results in them taking on more work than they are capable of doing. Amy Koughan understands her limitations and will be clear and polite with clients when she is unable to take on more work. Endeavor to do the same if your schedule is full.