One of the most recurrent issues when in the freelance industry is that of earning enough to live on one indeed of increasing your income in general. The open market comes with problems such as competition and effectiveness in productivity as a professional freelancer.
It is essential to keep up with the changing trends, tools and software if you want to keep your professional activity going strong and avoid competition, which in turn means we need more funds to finance these additional supports. Without the help of new tools it is practically impossible to get more work done and it is a common situation with those professionals that can afford the latest software.
Time management is also a key element in a freelance profession. It is important to learn how to plan your work and get it done in the least possible time lapse. This can at times influence the quality of your work if you do not organize your work schedule appropriately.
The following are some tips that can help you manage both time and the tools you have available to make the most of your freelance skills and improve your productivity, as well as increasing your monthly revenue.
Many freelancers have problems when it comes to organizing work for multiple projects, thus they find that by the end of the day they have invariably left aside the smaller projects and concentrated on the larger ones. This can be avoided if you divide your work in batches and classify your work in separate categories from the harder projects that take more time to the easier ones.
Try and classify each task a project requires based on the time it will take you to complete the task and plan your working day. If you get the easier and less time-consuming projects done first, this will allow you to focus on longer projects that require more concentration and time.
This method will allow you to work with a clearly defined plan and not on any random project, and avoid any delay, allowing a more productive working schedule.
Make sure you complete your task and only then revise. Avoid getting stranded on an issue you are not sure is perfect, leave revision for later. Mulling over a task will only stall your productivity and you will find that in most cases the solution comes swifter and easier in the revision phases. Avoid trying to be a perfectionist through ever phase of your project as contemplating each and every point of your design work will not get the task done.
The best way to go through a project is to draw a rough outline of the phases you will need to go through, and then proceed in the creation of your design, and only then go back to your creation and make all revision and changes you think will enhance your design. Avoid examining every single issue, such as font or letter in order to make it perfect, as this will weaken your productivity and you will not make the most of the time you have at your disposal.