Posted by: faultlessfinish | May 23, 2011

Freelancing on the Road

One of the best things about being a freelance editor is the freedom to work from anywhere in the world. One morning you could have a mountain view, the next a jungle. Changing your surroundings helps keep you, and your business, fresh, inspired, and motivated, but it also comes with a different set of challenges. Here are a few tips for working out of office:

1) Keep work hours reasonably consistent. We are truly creatures of habit. Even when living the most flexible lifestyle possible, it’s important to create some form of routine for yourself to stay grounded. If you’re a morning person (like me), get up early and put in your work hours before anyone else gets up so you have time later on to do all the fun things travelling entails.

2) Check your email consistently. Even if you aren’t answering your emails as often, it’s a good idea to check in with your clients on a regular basis so that they can feel secure knowing you are still on top of their projects. Be careful not to overdo it though – the same goes for working at home.

3) Allow yourself time not to think about work at all. One of the biggest curses of freelancing is not being able to ever fully walk away from work. There is always something you could be doing. It’s important for your health, sanity, and peace of mind, however, to sometimes just forbid yourself from thinking about work. Block off certain hours in the day where your rule is “only leisure allowed!”

4) Enjoy the solitude. Travelling can be exhausting, to say the least. And believe it or not, work can be a welcome escape. So go find a quiet corner of the beach, grab a cup of coffee, and fully enjoy your work. After all, work is a huge part of our life – might as well enjoy it to the fullest.

Any travellers out there with other tips? I would love to hear from you.

Namaste 🙂

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