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Are you a freelance web designer ?
If you are a freelance web designer or a simply web designer and thinking about taking the step into the freelance arena, I hope this article will help you to avoid disasters ahead.
This one is posted here from the SitePoint’s Tribune newsletter I received yesterday, and indeed its a good, small, quick read, so just thought of re-posting it here.
I recently heard a tragic story of a freelancer who lost her business seemingly overnight because she’d been very ill for more than a month. It’s hard enough to be diagnosed with something fairly major health-wise, let alone have 95% of your business disappear in just over a month.
Here are five tips that may just help you survive a disaster as a Freelancer.
Keep some of your profits in a separate bank account, in case you suddenly can’t work. Ideally, it’s enough to pay all of your expenses for at least a month.
Keep a flexible schedule that allows you to burst through work when you’re inspired, and enough slack that you could take a few days off to recover without most clients noticing.
Have income options
Always keep your options open – keep an eye on what the market is doing, so if all else fails, you can at least take a job fairly quickly. Never, ever burn bridges with clients or competitors – one day, they could be your prospective employer.
Health insurance is an obvious one, however many countries also have options for unemployment or loss of income insurance. The premiums may be a small price to pay if you need to stop work for an extended period.
Have a positive attitude
Your health is affected by your attitude more than you believe. Living a healthy life isn’t about working 60 hour weeks and being constantly stressed. Take important time out to enjoy life, and work on keeping a positive attitude.
Let’s hope disasters never happen to you; however if they do, you’ll be better prepared to ride them out simply be following the above tips.
There are other lots of other interesting stuff there, you can read the complete newsletter here.