Well, I’ve completed my first week of full time freelancing and have learned a couple of things. Some of them are serious, some are obvious, and some are funny (at least to me).
So, here are the top 10 things I learned from my first week of freelancing from home.
- I know what my cats do all day … absolutely nothing. The photo at the top is a picture of them at the height of their activity level.
- I need to have my new latop configured prior to the jackhammer starting outside my house so I am ready to work somewhere else. As of this writing, I still haven’t taken care of that.
- I can watch soccer games that are on during the week! Yay! And they are usually on at my low/sleepy point in the day.
- It is important to have food in the house that is easy to prepare for a quick meal. I didn’t think this one through ahead of time and was a little lost once I ran out of hummus. I don’t mind cooking in the middle of the day but would rather have something more simple.
- Since I am home all day there are a lot more dirty dishes. See #4.
- I am getting a lot more sleep and actually feel well rested for the first time in I don’t know how long. I no longer work all day, take care of my daughter and then work on my site and client’s sites after 8pm. I am getting to bed at a reasonable time and am actually reading before I go to sleep.
- UPS delivery between 10am-2pm is completely negotiable on their end.
- I kind of knew this one but didn’t entirely get how much time I would be spending on writing emails and proposals rather than actually working. I need to schedule this better if I’m actually going to earn money. I did, however, take the time to make a couple of templates.
- It’s important to get outside. Because I’m a homebody to begin with this is hard for me. Fortunately, on most days I have to drop off and pick up my daughter. Since we walk, this forces me to get outside and get some fresh (city) air.
- I spend less money. I’m not buying coffee, snacks, etc while I’m out. A couple of days I spent nothing.
How about you? For any of you work at home types or freelancers what did you learn when you first started?