The Struggle of a Freelancer: Part 1

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This is Part 1 of what may be a 50 part series. There is a struggle of being a freelancer despite all the joys you may hear about it. Even still, the courageous spirit would still choose the risky path of being free to choose their own work, own schedule and set their own rates.

This week I’m struggling with trying to be superwoman. I want to be able to take on every project that comes my way, and can’t even complain that that they aren’t interesting enough. They are all unique in their scope and in their time required. One is a full vamp website redesign, another a mobile app from scratch, and another in house at an awesome company in the city working on a new product that’s launching soon and fixing the existing website to match.

All different beasts in their own regard.

So why am I stressed? Mainly because of the spacing of the project is a horrible overlap in which there isn’t even any time to think, or breathe or even eat. The job in the city requires travel and extra hours waiting for the next task or just being active or that company business. Another has meetings during my work hours, and another, I’m still waiting on contracts which gives me a little time, but I’ll admit. I’m overwhelmed. But at the moment, these projects are like my children. I can’t separate my attention, but give each a reasonable amount of time and care.

I just need a babysitter. (or an intern…lol).

How do you tackle overlapping projects and still maintain a functional life?

Comments (2)
  • Dulkhuu

    March 28, 2012

    I think that a lot of people asmuse that “niche” means “I’ll only do work within this niche for the rest of my career.” In my experience, that’s not true. Sure, I market to my niche companies and convince them that I’m the person who can make sense of their complex ideas, but that doesn’t mean that they’re the only ones that I work for. Sometimes I like a little bit of variety. I do some nonprofit work when it speaks to me, and even unrelated corporate projects for financial companies or Web 2.0 social media clients. That’s the beauty of being independent: I have the flexibility to do whatever inspires me!

  • Mike

    May 9, 2012

    My projects are all logged in a management site, such as Asana.
    Being able to see a deadline and deliverable on my calendar is a fantastic motivator – the fact that I’m running out of time.
    Additionally with some sort of task management system, you can keep notes along the way.
    Furthermore, it comes to a point when you literally have to schedule time for yourself and hold to it. Obvious things like taking breaks and stopping to eat are essential to getting that “second-wind” and seeing progression.

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