Our personal and professional lives often blur as freelance writers, since you might complete a few assignments during the morning at a cafe, attend a sports event or birthday party, and then resume your work in the evening. Many are drawn to the freelance lifestyle because it gives you time and location flexibility that few jobs can offer. However, you can become shackled by poor spending habits, especially if you don’t watch your money management while working. Here are a few tips on sustaining your freelance lifestyle without breaking the bank.
Working Away from Home
Cafes, restaurants, and even pubs cater to telecommuters, sometimes advertising free Wi-Fi on signage next to their hours and food options. Working in these locations can break the monotony of working from your desk at home, but you need to start examining how much you actually spend while taking your work outside. For example, let’s say you work away from home two days out of the week. In order to use an establishment’s Wi-Fi, you generally need to purchase food or drink. If you stay out long enough, you’ll probably wind up eating a meal out. Next, factor in your commuting costs. These expenses can add up quickly and cut into your bottom line.
Before you haul your laptop and work supplies to an establishment that serves food, take a look at nearby libraries, campuses, and other free public spaces that offer Wi-Fi and a quiet space. Pack a light lunch and visit some of these alternative spaces, since they won’t make a dent in your pocketbook. [Read more…]