They say that the best jobs out there today are the self-employed kind. Now that you’ve started out as a professional freelancer, you find it difficult to keep control of your second career – family.
Family matters take up about as much energy, if not more, than the energy you need to concentrate. It doesn’t matter how many children you have, if you have a husband, life partner, or any dependent. Family always comes first.
Executives of major corporations, both male and female, agree that women feel the full burden of balancing work and family commitments. Half of the hard work comes from trying to find that balance in the first place. Fortunately, there is no agreed upon path to work-life equilibrium. How you find it is up to you.
Here are a few pointers that will help you along the way to maintaining that balance.
Where Home Ends & Office Begins
When you were looking at houses for sale in your area, did you find the perfect home for your family and business? Big or small, you need to designate office space to work on assignments.
Determine which room of the house you work comfortably in. Make sure it is a room that is not too far from the family living space in case of emergencies. Your work room should give you the ability to close out distractions so you can focus on your work.
Early to Bed or Late to Rise
Some people are wired to be night owls and others are early birds. If you want to work with little to no distraction, then those wee hours are the ones to do it in.
When to start and start working is determined by your current family situation. Mothers with young children may want to begin their day at 4:30 am. Work while the children sleep and go on break at 7 am to get them up and ready for school.
By Appointment Only
Let’s say you manage content for an online deals website, and you don’t know where to start. Prioritize them with a slot on your calendar.
By assigning appointments to difficult tasks, you are demonstrating control. Get the easy assignments out of the way first so you can build up to the hard ones.
Come Up for Air
You spend hours of your day sitting in front of a computer. Give yourself a break by giving attention to your family’s needs.
Taking small breaks to care for your loved ones adds up in the long run. They allow you to spend quality time with loved ones and letting your work settle, this way you can return with a fresh outlook and clear path to completion.
Receiving income from commissions means serving as your own payroll department.
An average of 25% should be set aside for monthly estimated tax payments. Basic household needs such as energy, water, heating, and health expenses should be budgeted accordingly. Depending on your business’ needs, you may be able to list home office deductions on your Schedule C tax form.