Setting Boundaries As A Freelancer
Establish a routine and stick to a schedule to separate work and personal time
One of the challenges of working from home as a freelancer is that work and personal life can quickly overlap. To avoid this, it is essential to establish a routine and stick to a schedule. Set specific work hours and designate a workspace. When you finish working, leave your workspace and close your laptop (or let your computer sleep). This will help create a clear separation between work time and personal time.
Learn to say no to projects that may compromise your work-life balance
As a freelancer, it can be tempting to take on every project that comes your way! Especially at times when it seems your pipeline is dry, or you're worried about how soon the next opportunity will come. Because bills are still due! However, this can be detrimental to your work-life balance. Learn to say no to projects that may compromise your overall well-being. You know, like those clients that want their last minute work to become your emergency that's due in a few days. Consider the time commitment, the impact on your workload, and the deadline before accepting a new project.
Set realistic expectations with clients regarding your availability
It is important to be clear with your clients about your availability. Let them know what your working hours are, and the best way to contact you. A great place to include this is in your scope, contract, or welcome packet. If you are not available outside of your designated work hours, make this clear to your clients. Have a tendency to work late and respond to emails at 2am? Schedule them to be delivered at 8am (or whatever start time is within your healthy work hours) instead. Setting realistic expectations with your clients will prevent misunderstandings and help you maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Take breaks and prioritize self-care to maintain overall well-being
As a freelancer, it can be easy to forget to take breaks and prioritize self-care. Lucky for you, we have a candle for that. It is essential to take breaks throughout the day to recharge and maintain productivity. This could include taking a walk, reading a book, or simply stepping away from your workspace. Prioritizing self-care activities such as exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep will help you maintain overall well-being.
To sum it all up, setting boundaries as a freelancer is essential to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Establishing a routine, learning to say no, setting realistic expectations with clients, and prioritizing self-care are all important steps to take. By setting these boundaries, you can create a successful freelance business while still enjoying a fulfilling personal life.