Saturday, April 19, 2014

Organize Your Daily Freelance Life With These 5 Practical Apps

A busy freelance career has no room for boredom routine. Most of the time, if not all the time, freelancers find something to get busy. During busy days, our hands are tied with one to couple or more projects. During lean season , we try to catch up with reading or learning about our industry, business trends and upgrading our skills.

A freelancer's schedule looks like he/she is busy all the time, which is actually the reason why most freelancers stick to their career--we simply love to get busy or productive. And, we are passionate in helping our clients, we love to earn (yeah, of course, we love to earn $$$), and we like build to our reputation in the business.

Here's a scenario:

8:00 am                 Wake up [yawning], start the day!
8:05 - 8:35 am       Stretching / 15 minute walking or exercise
8:35 - 9:00 am       Shower and little me-time
9:00 - 9:30 am       Breakfast while writing your to-do list
9:45 - 12:00 nn      Work on Client X's project (not taking phone calls)
12:00 - 12:30 pm   Lunch break/coffee break/eye rest
12:30 - 2:00 pm     Work on Client X's project (not taking phone calls)
2:00 - 3:15 pm       Check and answering emails (personal or business)
3:15 - 4:15 pm       Working with your own business (having coffee), answering phone calls
4:15 - 4:30 pm       House chores/errands (need to move some muscles)
4:30 - 7:00 pm       Work on Client Z's project
7:00 - 7:30 pm       Dinner
7:30 - 10:30 pm     Work on Client Y's project
10:30 - 12:30 pm   Little tired but need to do social media and update blogs


Familiar?

The schedule above looks organized to me. But in real life, here's what happens:


9:45 - 12:00 nn   Work on Client X's project (not taking phone calls)

             [phone rang! You pick up. A client ask for a quote, he wants it immediately]
             [call supplier, discuss pricing]
             [you have to email the client]
             [it took more an hour to finish everything]

1:00 - 1:30 pm  (You are hungry, no food, you need to buy)

1:30 - 2:00 pm  Work on Client X's project again (not taking phone calls! Seriously!) 

            [Client X wanted you to finish something and need 2 more hours of work]

2:00 - 4:00  Work on Client X's project (not taking phone calls)
           
           [re-arranged your schedule]
           [had dinner at 10:00 pm]
           [you end up sleeping at 3:30am]

      .................

Every day, we have to deal with distractions. It can be a little crazy. If we don't set a priority tasks for the day, we might lose track on what we need to do. We feel so busy and overwhelmed and yet we feel we didn't accomplished anything.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Infographics: Working from home. Is It The Future?

We are so lucky to witness the revolution of the employment landscape. No longer do we consider "work" as a place but it is an activity that we do in no specific time at a place we are comfortable with. Work from home opportunities or remote work arrangements allow us to enjoy the lifestyle we want. It also gives us the freedom to choose the jobs that we truly love.

Remote workers enjoy not waking up very early to catch the morning bus or train, not spending too much time on the road or getting stuck on a traffic jam, not interrupted by nosy office workers, not spending for lunch out, and  having the flexibility in the working schedule.

However, despite of the growing interest of working from home, there are also many who simply disapprove it. Among the many reasons why some people frown on working at home is because productivity could suffer (well, if a person lacks time management skills, then it surely does) and it could potentially lose the work and personal life's balance.

Staff.com shares this latest infographic about working from home. It is interesting to know that Aetna cut utility cost by $78 million a year just by having some of their workers work from home.


Working From Home -- Is It The Future? by Staff.com
Staff.com – Connecting Great Companies with Global Talent


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