Hello, guys and girls!
I just wanted to share my thoughts with the forum on how I manage to keep a full-time job, freelancing on Fiverr, and even do some web designing work on the side - and still, have a life!
It can be darn though; I’ll tell you that. I know many of you do this already, and it’s not for everyone. Most people are content with their 9 - 5 jobs. But I’m a workaholic, and it takes some effort to put my foot on the brake from time to time, saying to myself “dude, get some rest.”
This is some of the methods I use to maintain my sanity when the orders start to pile up, my boss is pestering me to get that order through, and my web design clients are spamming my email with unclear instructions.
I Love What I Do
The first commandment. If you hate your job, you’re probably not gonna handle having another one when you come home at night.
I’m a shop manager at day, VO and web designer at night. I’m passionate about my full-time job, and my freelance work.
If I’m gonna do something, I’m gonna do it 100%, and if I can’t live up to that expectation, to hell with it. I won’t do anything related to work unless I love it. It’s been pivotal to my success.
If you’re not able to give 100 % at your day-job, you should prioritize. My primary income is from my full-time job, and my freelancing allows me to buy all the stuff my wife wouldn’t let me buy if I only had one income.
I always strive to exceed expectations at work. That way, my boss will be more understanding when it comes to my freelancing.
Staying on schedule
If you don’t have one, get one. I follow my schedule rigorously.
I get up; I shower, I respond to messages, check my orders, email(s), and drink way too much coffee. I go to work, get home, eat dinner, and then I will work on all my orders on Fiverr.
The spare time I have on my day off is normally when I would put in some work with web design clients if I have them.
This daily routine allows me to have a flow that works for me. You should have one too, that fits your energy levels and hunger for work vs. spare time.
Time management is essential when you’re combining freelance work and full-time jobs. I don’t use any fancy calendar apps, apps for notes, or to-do-apps. I keep it simple. Which brings me to the last point on my list…
I hate losing track of where I’m at with my work. I see many freelancers using those fancy tech-startup apps for notes, to-dos, calendars, time management, customer relation management, etc. I, on the other hand, like to keep it super simple.
The built-in calendar on my phone along with the built-in notes-app is more than enough. It’s simple, and it works.
Honestly, who needs an app that will sync your orders with the cloud across 15 different devices? I tried it, and I spent more time keeping track of my apps than I did my work.
I always have my phone at my desk, or in my pocket, and together with the Fiverr app, I have no problem staying organized.
I’m a victim of the tech startup web apps when it comes to time-tracking though… I use Toggl to keep an eye on my hours, both with Fiverr, my full-time job, and anything else related to work. That way, at the end of the month, I can see if my earnings match the number of hours I put in every month. Yey.
That’s it. I hope some of you will find this useful, and if not, leave your tips and tricks in the thread