July 7, 2021

All About Freelance Burnout- It's Real!

All About Freelance Burnout- It's Real!

Freelancing is a one-man job, you must find new opportunities, you create invoices, you update your portfolio, you do your social media, and you communicate with clients: to sell, to upsell, negotiate and the list can go on.

Within a short time, you can feel overwhelmed and overworked. Just because you are working from home does not mean you have to be in front of your computer 24/7. And I know, I have been there and done that. In this episode, I am sharing how I went into a burnout in my first years of freelancing and if it was difficult to bounce back.

In this episode, you will...

  • learn about the symptoms of burnout
  • understand what the freelance burnout causes are
  • get actionable tips on how freelancers can prevent burnout

Insights:

  • ''Did you know that 70% of freelancers work on 2 to 4 projects at the same time? There is nothing wrong with taking on more than a project at a given time, however, how do you prioritize not getting burnout? Oh, I bet you even did not think about it. A lot of freelancers can admit that freelance work takes a toll on their mental and physical health.''
  •  ''Remember those 10-11 hours of work per day, or do you remember the last time you had a vacation or those breaks you underestimated? All those things that looked unimportant are catching up on you. ''
  •  ''As a freelancer, I want you to understand that there is a difference between being dedicated and being prone to burnout. Work burnout is preventable, people recover, however, prioritize your physical and mental health before any financial gain.''

Tips:

  • Reduce the hours spent in front of your computer
  • Set ''office hours'' for yourself and follow your schedule
  • Start journaling: write down all the things you are stressed and anxious about, and things you are grateful for
  • Seek professional help
  • Find someone to hold you accountable to take time off: a vacation, a break during the day, the weekend off, etc.
  • Stick to a structured and planned workflow and remember to set boundaries
  • Consider joining a coworking space, there you will find other freelancers that will understand what you are going through
  • Reduce your workload and learn to say ''no'' to future work
  • Sleep is NOT overrated!

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Until next time,

Doina