Having always worked full time, I had specific hours I had to work and a boss checking in on my projects to make sure I am on task. Freelancing gives me the freedom to work on my own time.
Freelancing part time always gave me the ability to pick my projects and I could always choose to turn something down if I did not have time for it or just did not feel like the project fit my skills. Since I am transitioning, I have that fear that many beginner freelancers have that I won’t get enough clients or make my bills because of lack of work.
This fear has pushed me to take on every project that has come my way. I am still in the transitioning phase of life as discussed in my previous blog entry. I am working full time for a job I love and am blessed to continue with them on contract after my maternity leave. I am also blessed with a few clients that will be around for awhile. Along with preparing for a new baby and all that entails.
These are all great things and I am very excited for each of them.
However, everything all at once has taken a toll on my brainpower as well as my sleepless, pregnant body.
I am learning now that I have to learn my limitations, even for good things. I know that right now I am truly not able to work the 12 hours between full time and freelance a day that I once could. This is not good for myself and my work will start to look sloppy.
With that in mind, I am setting up a few boundaries to try to maintain. Here is my list so far:
- Maintain a regular bedtime schedule. No matter where I am with a project, sleep is important.
- Spend a few minutes playing with my puppy because he deserves attention too (and he lets me work after he gets his attention)
- Take a more realistic look at what is involved in each project and add more “slush time” so I am not time-crunched as quickly.
Have you set boundaries for yourself in freelancing? Discuss them below.