5 Full Time Freelancing Tips

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 16, 2009

I have been working from home exclusively for almost two years now which is as great as it sounds. It does come with a few risks that not everyone is able to handle, mainly to let things slide as it can be really tempting to do something not related to work. This begins with letting the work schedule slide by staying longer in bed, going on an extended shopping spree or enjoying the summer sun. While it is perfectly natural and usually unproblematic to let it slide from time to time it can become a problem if it happens to often.

Letting things slide is however only one aspect that can go wrong. Here are five tips for full time freelancers that helped me tremendously in my day to day work routine.

Set work and spare time

When I began working I basically worked 24/7. There was no balance in what I did and this turned out to be very stressful in the end. A far better solution was to set specific times for work which helped me find a balance between work and spare time. I did for example decide to work less on the weekends partially because there were not that many news anyway but also because I needed some rest from the five work days.

Take breaks

It can be really tempting to work eight hours straight and it happened more than once that I felt totally exhausted after spending 10 hours in front of the computer monitor. I usually did not feel well afterwards which was the turning point for me to schedule regular breaks. I try to do several shorter breaks during the day and one larger break to eat something proper. Breaks for me mean to leave the computer and do something else, usually relax with my eyes closed on the coach or going for a walk.

Eat and drink enough

I used to eat and drink little while working which reduced my ability to concentrate and work over the course of the day. It is of utmost importance to drink enough. I have water, tea or coffee standing by all the time now so that I drink enough during the day. I also make sure to eat occasionally during my breaks.

Setting up a proper workspace

A proper workspace is essential. Some users might think that all they need is a computer and a table but that's far from it. You need a good computer desk, an even better computer chair (remember you sit in that chair 40+ hours a week), a computer monitor with a good contrast that is not hurting the eyes, a computer keyboard and mouse that you feel comfortable with, a phone, router, printer, scanner and other equipment that is necessary to work from home.

Take care of your body

Your body is pretty good at notifying you about problems. It can be eyes that are hurting, body ache or any other symptoms. It is important to pay close attention to this. It could mean that the equipment and situation is not the ideal environment.

It is also important to find a balance. Doing sports, this can be anything from football to cycling or walking, can really benefit the body and mind.

Do you have any other tips that might help users in my situation? Let me hear them in the comments.


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  1. Glenn Fernandes said on June 26, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks for the nice tips. Freelancing is not very easy. You are under stress as you have to sit in front of the computer for a long time. Taking care of your health is very important. Freelancing is very interesting and the best benefit is you can work according to your convenience and comfort.

  2. FreeYM said on June 17, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you for your share.

    I try to explain from the perspective of romanian life.

  3. Tobey said on June 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    So much true indeed. Remember spending days sitting up at a computer just to finish one Flash video clip I never finished after all. A very bad idea.

    My tip: Look into darkness whenever you intend to relax eye strain.

  4. Fern said on June 17, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    For anyone who works in front of a computer 40+ hours a week, after many years of bad habits my tips are:
    – find a good position to work, because your elbow, wrist, back will complain.
    – look away from the computer, relax your eyes.
    – get out of the chair every now and then during the day

  5. Ragu said on June 17, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Yes If yo do freelancing, you will be sitting infront of pc for a long time..so take breaks, listen music and walk a walk..

  6. Thinker said on June 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    I work at home, type of 24/7 job, and thing I love the most is going for a weekend somewhere without computer, and leaving my mobile turned off ;]

  7. RG said on June 16, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Time spent just looking away from the monitor is really needed, sounds simplistic but it makes a difference.

    1. Martin said on June 16, 2009 at 6:53 pm

      RG I agree, it makes such a huge difference to relax the eyes every now and then during the day.

  8. caschy said on June 16, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Punkt Drei ist schön, Ich habe dank Home Office über 10 Kilo zugenommen. Ab heute gehts ins Fintessstudio ;)

    1. Martin said on June 16, 2009 at 6:53 pm

      hehe 10kg, in welchem Zeitraum?

  9. Mike said on June 16, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Practicing Yoga and meditation helps in relaxing our body and mind and would yield more time to work without feeling stressed. This is of great help for Full time freelancers like us. Re-charge your mind with positive thoughts always by reading some good books or likewise. Your tips are great; thanks. – Mike

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