Running your business becomes easier when you add these two ingredients to your success recipe
Discipline and consistency.
These are the magic ingredients that turn your ideas into reality.
Without them, it’s tough to run a successful freelance business.
But how to stay focused, disciplined, and consistent in a world that praises quick gains and instant gratification?
Here are a few helpful strategies:
1. Create your routine
Freelancing is a perfect cure for those who want to escape the corporate reality and become their own bosses. The freedom that comes with it is tempting. But freedom without responsibility leads to chaos. That’s why the first step on your successful freelance journey is to define your values and create a structured routine that will help you run your business in a productive and healthy way.
You don’t need to make a detailed plan for every single day to work efficiently. However, making to-do-lists, blocking your calendar for demanding tasks, assigning specific activities to certain days, or having consistent work hours will keep you on the right track. It also helps to recognize how your mood and energy change throughout the day and adapt your work accordingly. For example, you might be more creative in the morning, in which case you could start your day with writing, designing, or other innovative tasks.
2. Set clear boundaries
Setting boundaries means more than just being clear about your availability in communication with your clients. For your work to be efficient, you’ll need to set boundaries in your physical environment too: designate a workspace in your home office and make sure there are no distractions. It also means limiting your access to social media, phone calls, and small talk.
When you respect your own boundaries it’s much easier to say no to projects and ideas that don’t align with your priorities. Instead, you can focus on what matters to you. With discipline and consistency.
3. Stick to your plan
No matter what’s your goal, chances are you’ll need to put in a lot of effort to create something meaningful. Whether it’s writing a book, developing a new mobile app, or building your online community – you’ll need to walk every step of your long journey. Every sneaky move can backfire later in the process. If quality and honesty are your key values, it’s wise to avoid harmful shortcuts. Instead, draft your plan and stick to it. Perhaps you won’t build a profitable business in one year, but after a few years of consistent and smart work, you will see your dreams coming true.
4. Don’t forget about self-care
Work might be addictive. Especially when you run your business. To avoid falling into that black hole, put your self-care on your priority list. Staying late for hours in front of your screen might seem like a good plan to meet all the urgent deadlines, but in the long run, it’s a self-destructive move. Consistency in freelance business stretches also to your sleep time: wake up and go to bed at the same time every day. Begin your day with a self-care routine such as meditation, yoga, running, or exercises to make sure you can stay energized, focused, and productive throughout the day.
5. Love what you do
It’s hard to stay disciplined and consistent if you don’t enjoy what you do. Whether it’s work, sport, or a hobby, every activity will be a burden if you’re not truly passionate. When you do what you love, discipline and consistency come naturally. And with discipline and consistency, anything is possible. Your passion fuels your drive to stick to your plan, follow your routine, and respect your boundaries. It lifts you up in the moments of doubt and resignation that will certainly happen in your freelance journey.
Discipline and commitment won’t limit your creativity or flexibility. With these two magic ingredients, you can create foundations for focused and efficient work. That’s your super power in building a successful freelance business.
How did consistency help you in your (freelance) business?
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