Freelance Writing and Editing Tips: How to Work from Home Effectively

If you work as a professional freelance writer, you will almost certainly be working from home most of the time. Freelance writing can be surprisingly lucrative, and it gives you an incredibly amount of flexibility in terms of when you work, how many hours you work, and how you choose to organize your time.

Working at home can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you have the freedom to work whenever you want, however you want, without being bound to a set schedule. On the other hand, it’s incredibly easy to get distracted in your own home. You have television, the Internet, books, food in the kitchen, and possibly children, all of them tempting you away from your work. It can sometimes be difficult to work effectively from home without procrastinating or getting distracted, but it doesn’t have to be.

Here are a few useful tips for working from home effectively as a freelance writer or editor.

  • Set aside a designated workspace. If you try to work on your bed or your living room couch, it can be incredibly easy to get off-track. Set aside some type of a home office. If you don’t have a spare room to use as a study, that’s okay. You can set up your desk in any room, but be sure to work consistently at that particular desk. When you create a workspace, you begin to associate that space with doing work. It’s a matter of human psychology: “set and setting” are very important to your choice, activities, motivations, and even emotions. If you’re sitting at a desk, it’s harder to take a “break” to watch Netflix than it is on your couch.

  • Set a schedule for yourself. Your schedule doesn’t have to be incredibly rigid, but try to set aside a regular set of working hours, just like you would have at a desk job. Your hours are completely up to you. If you’re full-time, you will probably be working around 5-9 hours per day, depending on your workload. For an eight hour day, you could work 9 AM to 5 PM, 7 AM to 3 PM, or even from 6 PM to 2 AM. It’s up to you. Work when you feel most productive and most comfortable working. Some people are “night owls,” so if you want to work a night shift, go for it. You also don’t have to work consecutively all through the day. For example, you could work from 8-12, take two hours off, then resume at 2 PM and finish up at 6 PM. Find a schedule that’s most compatible, for you, with optimal productivity.

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