I am working as a freelance paralegal. I report to an actual brick and morter (well, I’m actually not sure what it is made out of, but we will use it for this example) office three days per week. Rest of the time I work from home or the school library (but with the swine flu I have been avoiding the library like the plague).
The hardest part, for me, of being a freelancer is saying No to myself.
There are so many things to do. Twitter, linkedin, facebook, update lead sheets, general contracts, work for my various clients, figure out how to create a website, my blog, my fiction and my poetry. I am sitting here, at 10:15pm and I haven’t even opened my books for school yet. I have been working all day. I went to the office and worked. Then my father and I went over some aspects of my business that needed tending to. Then I bought an alarm clock (mine died this morning), had dinner, did some research for a blog post. And now, here it is after 10pm. I haven’t even looked at my LSAT prep books in 2 months and I take the test in September. That seems like a lot of time, but trust me….it’s not. Everything is riding on that score.
I don’t have a scheduling issue. I am great at creating schedules and assigning time slots to everything. I am incredibly organized. I live for the Franklin Covey store. I am just terrible at telling myself to shut things down, turn things off and focus. I try to jusify it as networking or whatever. Really, I just can’t say No to myself.