Freelancing: managing a growing workload

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I have noticed in the last few years the rising popularity of female entrepreneurs, especially during maternity leave and beyond. The digital industry (blogging, marketing, PR, web design, social media etc) has made it even easier than ever to start your own enterprise and earn an income from it. A business that you can launch (and run) from the comfort of your own home – and around childcare – is actually REALLY rather appealing.

Being able to set up a website/social media account online instantly means that people can now do it with little outlay. I have met so many women over the last few years whose blogs/websites/social media accounts went from hobbies into businesses and they continue to get amazing opportunities.

This is something that has also happened to me lately too. I started blogging 3 years ago when the twins were little. I was a Stay-at-Home-Mum (I opted not to return to my Human Resources career, after maternity leave) and ‘fell’ into blogging through a recommendation. Now I earn from my blog and social media channels, plus I have several clients (and growing) that I manage their social media for. I also get asked to do various freelance writing jobs and I write content for websites.

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Whilst I love ALL of these areas in different ways, I am finding myself increasingly busy. Stretching myself here, there and everywhere! Even though I am a self-confessed master at organisation (!) even I am finding that I need more hours in the day and pairs of hands to keep up. I get 3 days a week currently when the twins are at preschool and this time is now SO full up!

Whilst this is a fantastic position to be in given the current climate (no complaining here at all!) it is actually not something that I am used to, having never worked for myself before.

I am therefore at a point where I have been evaluating my workload and really scrutinising where I spend my time. I have looked at where I could potentially change the way I work, get more streamlined, charge more money etc. The hours really can run away with me and so making sure I am not spending time on unnecessary tasks is important. As well as still keeping it all fun too and not taking away the bits I truly love, because after all, that is what keeps me so passionate. My Hubby has helped by advising me on finances etc and I’ve recently started to look into possibly outsourcing some of my administration.

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If you are looking to start a venture yourself then my advice would be that you need to be prepared to work hard, network, learn quickly and be adaptable. A lot of self-motivation is required too. However, it is an incredibly rewarding, flexible and empowering position to be in and therefore I’d highly recommend it to anyone who was contemplating doing it themselves.

Love, Jess x

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13 Comments

  1. February 9, 2017 / 11:35 am

    A great read Jess. Thanks for sharing your tips. You’re doing so well in your new career.

  2. February 9, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    You’ve done amazingly over the last few years, it’s been lovely to see your business grow and I am not suprised you are a social media pro! Xxx

  3. February 9, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    Such an inspiration, I basically want to be you (shameless aren’t I haha!) If I manage to do anything close to what you’ve achieved I’ll be happy with myself! X

    • February 13, 2017 / 2:36 pm

      Ha ha thanks – I haven’t really done anything like this before either so it really can be achieved. Definitely couldn’t go back to my old job now xx
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  4. February 9, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Great advice. I am looking forward to having our building work done on our house so that I can set up a proper work space and give myself proper working hours. Then I’ll try and work on what I’m actually spending those work hours doing! x
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    • February 13, 2017 / 2:37 pm

      Wow I am sure you will – you’re so organised and knowledgeable too xx
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  5. February 11, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    It’s so hard when the workload increases but the time available to actually do it doesn’t! I do love an opportunity to streamline and further organise, though. And I predict you’ll need an army of staff soon, you clever thing x
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    • February 13, 2017 / 2:37 pm

      Arghh! Will be coming to you for even more advice! Thanks lovely xx
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  6. February 27, 2017 / 10:25 am

    You have done such an amazing job at growing your freelancing. Total inspiration. I definitely need a better work space.. the sofa doesn’t really cut it. First up I need to conquer the constantly having a baby in my arms! One handed typing takes an age!
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