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A Must Read For All Those Dreaming of Full Time Freelance Job

A Must Read For All Those Dreaming of Full Time Freelance Job-A lot of people have this impression that working at home is the easiest job in the world. Many imagine long leisurely breakfasts, working in pajamas, sleeping late in the night, waking up at their convenient time, and getting a fat paycheck. Not really.

In reality, working at home is not as rosy as it looks. Trust me. As a freelance writer for years now and having known a lot of fellow freelance writers, I know how the work can be very challenging.

While working at home does provide a tremendous amount of flexibility, it is still a professional job and must be treated as such. Unfortunately, your family and friends can easily take advantage of your ‘freedom’. For most writers, working hours and non-working hours would have blur line that you’ll find yourself working 7 days a week to catch up with deadlines.

But if you really want to bid goodbye to the boring 9-5 schedule, I’ve come up with a list of tips that might help you on your way to being a full-time freelance professional.

  1. Set a definite plan and goal

One of the common mistakes of newbie freelancers is that they eagerly look forward to the easy life of freelancing. Instead of looking forward to your paycheck, make a plan on how you would go about with your freelancing career. Where you will look for clients? How will you market your service?

  1. Prepare yourself – and your family

Often than not, first time freelancers have a difficult time putting boundaries between work and social life. It is best to prepare yourself for the possibility of a huge shift in your daily schedule. But as much as possible, you should maintain the same routine that you currently follow. Also prepare your family or significant other as to your schedule. Let them understand that you are working while still at home. Inform them of your work schedule so they won’t disturb you.

  1. Ask for help

As in any new job, you would find the transition much easier if you have other people to help you. Usually, it is difficult to find a freelancer around your area. But there are common office studios where many freelancers also work. It would also be very helpful if you join forums.

  1. Dedicate a space in your home for work

Having a home office can make you more productive. It lessens the distractions that usually eat up the time of freelancers. Make your workstation appealing to the eyes. Take in some greens for this you might want to check out GrowLightsBase.com for some nice LED grow lights reviews.

  1. Have routine

Make a routine that balances your social and work life. If you’ve been used to the rigors of regular office job — waking up in the morning and heading to work — don’t forget it all too soon. If possible, you can adapt it even with the nature of your new career. Take time to go out of the house and hit the gym. A lot of freelancers become too engrossed with the job and are overly occupied with deadlines. Don’t be like them.

To be successful in the freelancing world, you have to remain focus and consider your work as you would a regular work. It requires much discipline but the returns are definitely worth it!

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Grow Your Writing

Grow Your WritingThe other day I went and visited my friend Peter who has been trying to make his name as an author for quite some time with mixed success. He’s been writing short stories for children and has had a lot of involvement with freelance writing for websites. I really don’t know how he does it. My mind sometimes goes blank when I’m drafting a memo to my colleagues! I don’t know about you, but my mind can seize up when it is trying to reach for a particular word that is better than the one I initially thought of. It ‘d be good to have Peter’s range of vocabulary and his active mind even when writing emails to my friends.

The day I went to see him was on a Saturday and we were in the middle of winter. While there was no snow or ice, it was bitterly cold. It was a typical winter’s day with a cheeky breeze that was cold enough to cut through you regardless of how many clothes you wore. The branches of the trees were bereft of leaves, and the sun was trying to make a couple of attempts to sneak out from behind a lot of thick clouds. Like everywhere else in winter, there wasn’t a lot of growth to be seen and certainly no flowers were brave enough to poke their heads out of the ground for at least another three months.

Peter greeted me at the door and we walked out the back to his writing room. It was probably more like a sunroom and because of all the glass it certainly felt a lot warmer in that part of the house than anywhere else. We exchanged a few pleasantries about family, sport, and what was happening around the world, and during this conversation, I noticed a weird tentlike structure in the middle of his writing room floor.

When I asked him what on earth it was, he said to me it was a grow tent. I wasn’t quite sure I understood what he meant so I asked him again what was a grow tent? So he walked me over to what was the front of this little house, unzipped one of the walls, and looked inside. He was growing all sorts of plants inside this construction.

He explained to me that whenever he got writers block, particularly in the winter time, it was always too cold for him to go out for a walk to clear his mind. So, what he did was to set up this indoor garden where he could potter around and tend to his plants and think of something entirely different to the topic he was supposed to be writing about. Not only was it a very good idea to help him with his writing, but also in Spring, he merely transferred well-developed flowers into his garden which put him well ahead of everybody else for that time of the year! A very neat idea.

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Exercise for Better Productivity

Exercise for Better ProductivityBeing a writer is not an easy job by any standards. Quite often, you have to contend with staring at blank pages, wondering if you would ever fill them with words.  And mostly it is not the absence of inspiration that one cannot write, but the lack of proper mood to motivate you into writing. I have found that giving the brain some well-needed workout works wonders for my writing skills.

For starters, you need to spend 10 minutes of your precious time to avoid being faced with the blank page situation. Just as the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Writing is like exercising your muscle. The more effort you put into it the better you become at it. The best part about it is you can train your writing to whatever way you want.  But this is as I said just the beginning. You need to do some exercises that improve your focus. Here are some tips

Regular workouts

Regular exercise has been proved to be good for learning abilities and improving concentration. Whether it is your daily writing or any other task you want to do perfectly, involving in regular exercise routine will help largely. It can be just a daily walk for 30 minutes, or swimming or any other form of workout. While you are doing the workouts make sure you have the right type of shoes. My friend, a nurse, likes to buy her shoes from Nicershoes and seeing how comfortable her shoes are I have started buying my shoes too from the site.

Exercise scores over additional lessons

In a study done on students it has been found that memory, concentration and behavior in class room improved leading to better academic performance in those who had exercised than the students who had taken additional lessons to improve their performance. When you incorporate, a physical activity routine instead of substituting the physical activity breaks to add in lessons, it has been found to be more productive.

Best for adults

The effect of exercise was also found to be equally effective on adults too as  in the children. A three-month long aerobic program was detected to help in creating new neurons with a denser and diverse linking between the neurons.  This is the reason I regularly attend my Zumba fitness exercise classes and as always wear my favorite shoes I found here, to ensure a proper exercise routine. Other than Improved brain functioning and concentration, the exercise was found to help in preventing many cognitive as well as neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Further, it also helps in children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

Our mind is like a wild and untamed animal that tends to succumb to the natural habit of exploration. Flitting from one thought to other, mind often resists any attempts you do to control it. And this can be even worse in our present day scenario where we are surrounded by internet, TV and videogames. These stimuli can wreak havoc with our concentration and limit our attention span considerably. But with the right exercise and motivation, you can certainly hone your focusing skills and make it work for you.

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