Freelancing is on the rise worldwide, especially in the US. According to the Freelancers Union, nearly 57 million Americans now work as freelancers. In 2015, 34 percent of the US civilian workforce – about 53 million- consisted of freelancers, states the Monthly Labor Review published by Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What’s more, the freelance work style is becoming the career path of choice. According to our own survey, State of the Freelance Nation, of over 2,000 professionals worldwide, 54 percent reported that they have no interest in returning to traditional, full-time employment.
Our report shows that the freelance income is also prospering. The average freelancer reaches their income goal within a very reasonable 23 months.
As the freelance workforce continues to surge, the market is becoming highly competitive. Therefore increasing your productivity as a freelancer is imperative. You need to be able to compete with other freelancers in the market. The best way to do that is to improve your productivity. So let’s take a look at some simple productivity tips you can begin immediately to give yourself a competitive edge.
Find Work through Online Marketplaces
When you work remotely, it can be more difficult to “sell” yourself. After all, employers and job candidates prefer in-person interviews to phone calls or Skype. But, the rules bend with online marketplaces, like Freelancer.com, which cater to the remote work life. It’s no then that wonder nearly 69 percent of freelancers surveyed by Freelancers Union report that technology is helping them find work. Registering for multiple freelance marketplace sites will help you land more projects and, in turn, be more productive.
Curb Those Time Wasters
There are so many ways to get distracted and waste time when you work from home without any outside structure. According to a survey by Office Time, some 33 percent of respondents spend between 1-2 hours tending to their email alone.
Eight of 10 people waste more than two hours surfing the Internet, 26 percent spend between one and two hours watching TV and a whopping 19 percent procrastinate on tasks. Further, seven out of 10 people spend up to two hours in meetings, 75 percent report wasting time on social media for more than two hours a day. If you are looking to block these distractions, try using free apps that limit how much time you are allowed to surf certain websites, like Facebook and Twitter.
Practice a Fitness Regimen
No statistics are available about how many freelancers engage in fitness activities. However, maintaining fitness should figure on top of your priority to increase productivity while working from home. Exercising daily holds three major benefits for freelancers. Exercising helps avoid undue anxiety, prevents illness caused by sedentary lifestyle and keeps the mind refreshed for new ideas. Mayo Clinic offers some insights into how many hours you need to spend on fitness-related activities every week.
The Affordable Care Act allows freelancers to avail reasonably priced health insurance schemes. Some of these may not be adequate to cover specific illnesses. Hence, exercising is something you should consider not merely to increase productivity but also prevent the onset of serious disease.
You may find many more ways that boost the productivity while working from home as a freelancer. And the more your boost your productivity, the more work you can take on! You can literally put a price on how much you can benefit from boosting your productivity with the above tips.