Work Life Balance

If your freelance business becomes successful, you’ll need start thinking about time management techniques. Get tips and advice about creating work life balance from other creative freelancers, who have figured out how to keep work from taking over their personal time, and from time management experts. Whether your business is freelance writing, freelance graphic design or freelance illustration, you have to learn how to create balance in order to build a successful long-term business.

Tom Tumbush

Why Every Freelancer Should Take a Vacation

Being self-employed means you can take a day off—or a week, or a month, or even more—whenever you like. Yet ironically many freelancers find it stressful to take a vacation. Even mentioning the subject typically triggers one of two intense visceral responses in a freelancer’s “lizard” brain: “Ack! I don’t have enough work! I...

[Podcast] How to Detect Clients Who Suck Your Time

We all have experiences with that type of client, of course, but hopefully they’re not all like that. But wouldn’t it be great if you could detect those people in advance, so you can charge more? In the latest podcast interview with Ed Gandia, who spoke at CFC in Boston in 2012, we came...

2 Email Strategies to Calm the Inbox Chaos

I had a really interesting conversation yesterday with a couple of creative freelancers who were sharing with me their time management strategies. I was really surprised to hear that both of them are essentially moving away from answering email — not completely, of course, because that doesn’t seem possible quite yet. However, they both...

Work, Life and You: Are you staying sane?

I am in Portland Oregon this week with one of our CFC partners, the Freelancers Union (if you are not a member, join here — it’s free!), getting ready to moderate the first of the Freelance360 events (find them w/ #Freelance360). This series of monthly LIVE networking events and education workshops has the ambitious...

Is your freelance life calm or chaotic?

As a freelancer, is your life calm or chaotic? If it’s chaotic, is that because you’ve chosen to live it that way? If calm, the question is the same. To me, the beauty of freelancing is the freedom it affords: to do what you want, when you want and with whom you want. But...

How + Why I Let Go of My Biggest (and Most Demanding) Client

If you’ve ever wanted to fire a difficult (or abusive) client but weren’t sure how, the story of Jill Anderson, creative freelancer and web designer for designers, might help…. The relationships we have with our clients are one of the most important aspects of our creative business. Our clients’ happiness becomes our number one priority. The...