I’ve been into freelance work as a writer for over 7 years now and my friends who are also into freelancing refer to me as a “driven” person.
Although I wish it was something else such as “talented” or “superb”, these two aren’t always helpful in achieving success in this career. The key is working consistently towards the things that you really want to achieve.
But how will this be possible if distractions are ever present and you’re continually battered by other responsibilities in life and the freelance world itself. Everything comes down to staying motivated!
When I first delved into content marketing, it was because I was badly in need of a stable source of income. I needed money and I was presented with the opportunity to write for an agency who was badly needing a writer to meet a tight deadline.
Luckily, I was hired and was paid for the project that I took. There seemed to be an unlimited amount of projects for me to take but eventually, the numbers started shrinking and projects ran out. So I had to start finding work for my own.
It wasn’t easy but I kept going and these 5 tips helped me stay motivated even in the times that I was almost ready to give up.
When you got bills needing to be paid, you’ll surely get yourself started with any type of work that will get you paid some money. The stress brought by bills that won’t get paid by themselves together with the hustle of not knowing where or what your next writing gig would be often causes freelancers to find or accept a part-time job.
If you didn’t have bills that depended on the pay that you get from writing, your craft won’t look that good. Let’s think of writing as something that works like a muscle. The more you work it out, the better its shape would be. The more you write, the better writer you become as words just flow smoothly.
Self-Care Is Important
Creatives need to practice self-care. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom who needs to earn extra money or you are writing to earn a living, it is important to care for yourself once in a while.
You don’t need to spend too much money for a weekly massage but be sure to pamper the creative soul in you on a regular basis. Take time to read your favorite book or set a date with yourself so you can fill-up your creative bucket once again. Going to a local art gallery is also a good idea. Do the things that you love during your break and you’ll be surprised at how well it works in refreshing your feelings as you return to your computer.
Set Some Unusual Goals
This isn’t just about those “income goals” that you might have. It’s about the long-term and short-term goals that you have in your life as a freelancer. Think of goals that are more unusual. Those that will keep your brain engaged.
Sometimes, the usual “earn more” goal will not work so being creative and thinking of some unusual goals is what you need to find motivation in improving your craft.
Remember The Reasons On Why You Started
Everyone has his own reason. You may have ventured into freelancing because you wanted flexibility in terms of the time of work and its potential for giving you unlimited income. Others just wanted to rediscover their passion for writing. But one common reason is “money”.
But when the struggles come and I’m having a hard time finishing a task or formulating new pitches that my editors would love to read, I would always remind myself that writing is my first love and remember the reasons why I chose this career.
Get Out and Breathe
Freelancers accomplish more when they stay at home in front of their computer. That’s a fact but sometimes, you will need to get a breathe of fresh air for you to get the right motivation. Socializing is also a great way to motivate yourself so go out and talk with other humans.
It always feels good talking with a neighbor or a fellow writer while having a cup of coffee. Exercise and a short walk around the neighborhood also keeps me driven. The brain needs fresh air for it to keep rolling as you work to hit deadlines.
Also, you may consider changing the scenery at work. Working in the library or a coffee shop may help you accomplish more compared to when you’re working at home
Being a freelancer has its own set of pros and cons. It’s great to have flexibility but the possibility of procrastinating is also there. Writing about your passion is great until you find yourself running out of inspiration to go further. Freelancing provides you with a great potential to grow and discover more about yourself. I hope that this guide will keep you focused on the prize even through the thins lonesome career.