If you’re considering starting a side hustle it’s likely you’ve been considering how to leverage the burgeoning gig economy. With advanced technology coupled with the flexibility to work remotely, more and more of us are adding a side hustle to the mix, juggling a traditional job and freelance projects on the side.
As the benefits and rewards of being a freelancer become even more apparent, the gig economy is becoming the new normal. From flexible hours that allow you to build your own schedule to setting your own rates, the advantages to work on your terms are redefining the workplace. A recent Gallup poll indicates that 57 million Americans, roughly 36 percent of the U.S. workforce, call themselves gig workers. The poll also shows that 29 percent of people do freelance work in addition to their primary job.
Becoming a gig worker isn’t without its own challenges. Here are four tips to help you become an effective and successful freelancer.
1. Know your objective
Keep your objective and purpose front of mind. As you start out, look at the bigger picture, and take on projects that will make you more successful. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with work, so make sure you’re pursuing projects that make sense for you.
2. Create a routine
Establish a good routine that makes you the most productive. This routine should include both work and personal time. Many gig workers forget the importance of self-care and before they know it, their work hours have accelerated way beyond their original plans.
3. Develop relationships
Networking with other gig workers will help you with tips and best practices to build out your work, it can also prevent you from becoming isolated. Working on your own minimizes social contact which in the long run can make your less happy and productive.
4. Create a dedicated workspace
The place you choose to do your work is really important. Set up an area in your home that’s for work only and free from distractions. If your gig work is becoming more than just a side hustle you may want to consider using a coworking space, this will allow you to share office space with other independent workers.
Take the time to decide if gig work is right for you. This gig economy guide shares an overview of best practices, key considerations such as taxes and insurance and advice on how to get started.
Have you explored the gig economy? If so, what tips do you have based on your experience? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Post by Octavia Goredema
Octavia Goredema is an award-winning career coach, writer and the founder of Twenty Ten Talent. You can connect with her on Instagram, LinkedIn or over on Twitter.