A Day in the Life of a Freelancer

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Have you worked at home before? Are you considering working at home? Freelancing is definitely an adventure! Every day is different and it can be quite difficult to get into a groove (if you ever do). I thought it might be entertaining to document a basic day in my life. Disclaimer: It is such a SLOOOWWWW week!

Starting Strong

6:30 – Up and at ’em! Wake up my daughter and get ready for the day. This girl doesn’t work in PJs. It just feels so loosey-goosey to do so. I do wear jeans most days with t-shirts though:)

6:45-7:10 – As long as I can, I will spend this time on our screened-in back porch reading my Bible, journaling, and praying. It is a very special time. I don’t know where I will go once it gets too cold to be outside (it doesn’t look like that will be anytime soon in the South though).

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7:10-7:45ish – I take my girl to school – trying not to talk too much ’cause she’s a teenager and doesn’t like mornings. If I talk too much she requests her dad to take her. He’s better at minding her “no talking” rule.

Freelancing Life: Mornings

8-3 or 6 – This is normally my work time. I get distracted often by Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Since it has been a sloooowwww week, I feel even more uninspired and unaccomplished.

I check email first thing and take care of any that I need to respond to.

I apply for jobs for 1-2 hours some days. Right now, it is near the top end, but if I am busy, it could be as little as 30 minutes. I apply on Upwork, LinkedIn, Indeed, and then go to Facebook and look through the job openings in the VA and Writing groups I am in.

I take some time after applying to look through my calendar or add things to my calendar to ensure I am on the right page as far as what is due, what I need to work on, etc.

You would think that since I work from home, I spend a lot of time cleaning the house. Well, I don’t. I try to clean the kitchen and change the dog pad in the morning before starting, but otherwise, I try to work like I would at a normal job. I will throw in a load of laundry and move it through occasionally, but my husband doesn’t “like” the way I fold, so there’s that:)

As far as work? Before lunchtime (which usually means I just work right through), I probably “work” – not applying, planning, etc. – an hour or two at the most.

Freelancing Life: Afternoon

After lunchtime, I work on assignments. Around 2, I go through the job applying process again and check email for the 2nd time that day. Depending on whether it is a marching band practice day, I work until I need to go pick up my daughter around 6. If it’s not a practice day, I take an hour between 3-4 and go get her and then come back and work for a few hours.

Once my daughter gets home I am usually running her to dance practice or cooking or ordering out, etc. I do normally check email again around 5 and again at 8. I may work after dinner – it depends upon what is due and what I am doing. If I am in front of the TV, I would much rather have my computer in front of me working on something than just sitting here watching.

Freelancing Life: Evenings

I work best in the evenings, but if I take my daughter to school, I am usually wiped by 9, if not earlier. Otherwise, I would prefer to work until late – midnight or even later. It is quiet here in the house and email slows down then. One of the benefits of freelancing life.

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Yes, it doesn’t look like I work a lot when I lay it out in writing. However, I normally work at some capacity 7 days a week on my business. I hope to get to the point where I have regular clients that I work with long-term, but so far it has not happened with many of them.

Do I Like Freelancing?

So do I still like freelancing? Oh yeah! I love the flexibility it offers. For example, yesterday my friend’s baby was sick and there were no subs for her at school. I took the day and spent time with him. Now, this is not something I can do all the time, but I can do it every once in a while or I can do it if I tweak my schedule a bit.

I worked in a para-professional position as a Family Engagement Coordinator in an elementary school before. Hours were spent prepping for events. I attended after school events and early before school events. The pay is very little, considering I did not have a direct supervisor and everything I did was on me. I am proud to say that I have exceeded my monthly income for September, so I could pay my bills. That is what I was worried about.

So if you are a freelancer, what does your daily schedule look like and when is your best time to work?

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