Common Freelancer Problems Tackled

Are you facing a recurring stressful issue in your freelancing career?  Do you have trouble managing your work/life balance?  How about getting clients to pay on time?  Don’t worry--many freelancers experience the same issues, but there are easy ways to solve these problems and keep your sanity intact.

Problem 1:  Clients aren’t paying you on time.

There’s nothing more frustrating than putting a lot of effort into a project, only to have a client drop off the radar before you receive payment.  Requiring clients to pay a deposit before you begin a project is a great way to ensure that you receive your payment on time.  As a bonus, it can also help weed out those who are not interested in fairly compensating you for your work.

Sending clients automated reminders when they are a set number of days away from payment is also helpful.  We’re only human, and sometimes clients might forget that their payment date is approaching.  Sometimes a friendly reminder is all that’s needed.

Problem 2:  You’re getting distracted and not finishing projects.

This can be a huge problem if it’s not nipped in the bud.  Rather than driving yourself to distraction, start by making a to-do list each day.  Creating a structured work schedule and sticking to it can do wonders for your productivity.

Another good way to avoid diversions is by getting out of the home office and working somewhere new.  A coworking space is a great place to buckle down and check plenty of things off your to-do list.  Another plus—you can surround yourself with other people who are there to do the same thing.  Sometimes that’s the best source of motivation.

Problem 3:  You don’t have any work/life balance.

Do you find yourself working around the clock?  It can be hard to shift out of work mode when you have a deadline looming or lots of projects to work on at once.  But when you work for yourself, maintaining your work/life balance is more crucial than ever.

A set schedule is your greatest asset here.  Giving yourself specific time for breaks will prevent burnout and help you give your best effort to any of your projects.  It will also help keep your work life separate from your personal time.  You may work for yourself, but that doesn’t mean you can work 24/7.

What are some problems you’ve faced as a freelancer?  How did you tackle them?  Let us know in the comments!