When it comes to freelancing, “flexibility” can be described as having the wherewithal to adjust a schedule quickly and efficiently for the benefit of getting work done, thereby earning money. Those who are new to freelancing often find this aspect somewhat challenging, particularly if they’re coming from a “real world” job background with set hours. Then again, “flexibility” could mean being able to get things done on one’s own time without any set schedule. Regardless of the definition, the flexible freelancer has an advantage.
Many of the freelancing jobs these days mention flexibility in their job descriptions. Sometimes, flexibility is for the benefit of the freelancer, in terms such as “Work whenever you’d like, provided you meet the overall deadline.” Other times, employers want freelancers with flexible schedules so that they can be sent short-notice projects. New freelancers should seek out jobs with the former proviso; the longer they can keep their freelancing career going without missing a deadline, the better.
The Juggling Act
Another example of needing flexibility in the freelancing world comes when a freelancer has several different projects to work on at the same time. Most freelancers do find themselves in this position on a regular basis, particularly if freelancing is the only way they’re earning an income.
So, in this scenario, flexibility could mean being able to switch between projects throughout any given work day, depending on that project’s requirements, as a productivity tool. Those just starting out as freelancers will probably want to hold off on juggling; instead, they should consider keeping a “real world” job, and take only one project at a time.
What Time Is It?
Freelancers who are working (particularly) as writers and/or editors will almost certainly find themselves regularly having to change their schedules to accommodate projects for clients in different time zones. A common example of this is the 3-hour East/West Coast difference in the United States.
However, the time zones can really start getting confusing when a client is, quite literally, half a world away and 10+ hours ahead. In which case, freelancers have to be flexible enough to not only anticipate possible assignments, but to also calculate when they can complete them reasonably, no matter the time. Instead of constantly doing the math, websites such as timeanddate.com, and mobile applications such as Time Buddy – Visual World Clock & Time Converter can help.
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