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Happy Holidays to our friends around the world! From Ionicware Inc. May your heart and home be full of joy and happiness this season. ^BJ
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As a freelancer, the business is riding on your shoulders...

It's an odd feeling knowing that you have just a certain amount of time every day. Only so much time to manage all your work, life, family obligations and yet still trying to fit in a little time for yourself.

And, as the days get shorter and the list of things to do gets longer, it's even harder. Don't you find that to be true?

But one of the things that makes it easier, is that stability that comes along with a regular 9-5 job. The mundane regularity of a 'real' job simplifies life in so many ways.

As a salaried employee, all these things are dictated to you, even days off are planned out as if scripted in some big life drama or endless connect the dots that lasts your entire lifetime.

You always know when you will have to get up, go to work, come home and go to sleep. And, it repeats like that for some odd twenty years or so until retirement. That is assuming you are not a mid life career changer, which many of us are.

One of the hardest challenges, going into full time (or even part time freelancing) is being out there on that proverbial limb and having to make all those little decisions on your own.

And, knowing that everything is riding on your shoulders. Your freelance business lives or dies based on YOUR own personal efforts. Typically in freelance work, you are not part of a team so you will end up managing the entire project on your own.

Many of the things you take for granted, even something as simple as wake up time is now dictated by you alone. And, while most people will try to sell you on the idea that freelancing is easy because you don't have to live by the clock, in reality you'll find yourself waking up even earlier to work on projects before heading out the door to shuttle the kids to school.

As an employee, you always had someone there peeking over your shoulder, double-checking things, making sure you got to work on time and handed in those reports. But, when you are a freelancer, you are self employed! So if you work, then you work and the job is done. And, you get paid. If you don 't work. You don't get paid! It's that simple.

So, there is no one there are your computer every morning ready to 'boss' you into doing the job.

If you don't do the job, the customer fires you, plain and simple.

And, the firing won't be so diplomatic as a pink slip. You might just get the email 'sorry we decided to go with another firm for this project' and that's it!

No money for work done, just over. So this is one of the challenges you will face when freelancing, the ability to organize your own time, manage yourself and get jobs done on a timely schedule.

And, how you do that has to be up to you as the freelancer because you know your own schedule best in terms of how your freelance work fits around your home and family life.

So let's just break this down into practical matters.

Realistically for your health sake, you need to find small small chunks of time every day for good self care and maintenance; regular showers, good hygiene, proper meals (yes, sitting at a table and not perched on the edge of your chair in front of the computer) and even time outside the house!

And, what about your family? Will you take Saturdays off? Will you work seven days a week?

Just think, is that even practical?

After all, isn't your family the real reason you wanted to get into full time freelancing anyway? So you would have time for those ballet recitals or football games your kids are always into. Or, so you could spend more time with your spouse, rather than late nights at the office.

Now that your time is not being dictated, you'll have to be making all these decisions for yourself.

Working seven days a week might seem like the ideal way to finish more projects, but it will only lead to burn out and then you're out of business. That's what it's like to be a freelancer, YOU ARE THE BUSINESS!

As an employee, you always had Saturdays for family time. And, rarely if every would your boss call you to come in for an emergency project. But you will notice as a freelancer, your clients will constantly demand even weekends for work time. Or frantic text messages at ten pm when you are trying to get some sleep.

That's why it's so important to set your boundaries at the start by establishing firm business days/hours and a work schedule - even mapping out the parts of the day you will spend on what. And, even knowing what you should outsource to a virtual/personal assistant. Really do all those little details have to be handled by yourself?

Just a couple things to keep in mind about managing yourself and your time as a freelancer, or the 'be your own boss' career that everyone is dreaming about.

Please take a few minutes to add your own point of view about this here or check out our friendly community forum at: http://seoclerks.com/faq

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What are the biggest advantages of being a freelancer? For starters, you are the boss! And, even though you are working for the client to reach a desired goal, you control little things about your work-day that you would not in a regular 9-5 job scenario.

You can come and go as you please; decide when your lunch break will be. You don't have to ask permission from a 'boss' to take off time for your family. And, there are many financial advantages to freelancing too as you can move with (not against) the economy. A well connected freelancer can easily roll with any turbulent economy to turn his or her skills into quick cash.

And, while there are some down-sides to freelancing, such as how you have to handle all the business details that an employer would otherwise, for the most part freelancing is all win.

Here are some other reasons why it's better to be a freelancer.

You control the work environment

Often when you are working in an office, you won't have control over who you work with, or even conditions of the workplace. You can't just upgrade your computer at the office from Internet Explorer or whatever version of Windows they are using as all that computer equipment belongs to the company. If you don't like your coworkers, you can't just deal with it. When you are freelancing, you can just take your computer and go to the nearest coffee shop or park to work. You can't do that when stuck behind the desk at a regular job.

More defined job duties

As an employee, you are often required to perform tasks that exceed your predefined job-title or description and you can't say no for fear of losing your job. As a freelancer, you complete one task per buyer and if that buyer is asking you to do something which you don't want to do, you can cut your losses and move on without losing your entire career.

You decide what your income will be

Employees are stuck at a set wage or salary while freelancers can choose what their income will be by adding more clients.

Freelancers are never unemployed

As a freelancer, you will always have more clients for your skills, so long as you stay well connected on social media and build a strong base of repeat buyers.

Control your own time

Working in an office doesn't give you much flexibility for managing family and household duties, while freelancing allows you to decide when and how (or if) you will work. You can take off time for family as needed or allocate more time at odd hours (even past midnight), that you could not do in a typical office job.



Please feel free to add your own reason for freelancing to this list or just tell us why you love freelancing so much.

And, don't forget to visit our SEOClerks Freelance Community Discussion area for more information you need to be the best freelancer possible

https://www.seoclerks.com/faq

^BJ



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Free money coming at you!

Look for our holiday celebration postcard with $5 coupon in your mailbox soon, courtesy Ionicware. If you haven't signed up for 'snail mail deals', please do so now, so you don't miss out.

Go to your settings, when signed in and add your address for verification.

Be sure to tick the box: "Receive special discounts, deals, coupons and other promotional deals via snail mail" so we can mail you a postcard too. ^BJ
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We're proud to announce another wonderful innovation that will greatly benefit our community.

Now your accounts are merged and synchronized across all of Ionicware’s marketplace websites. This includes your balance, user level, bumps, pictures and more.

For sellers, withdraw your full earnings easily from any of our sites, even if you are not active there.

And, whether you are a Level 1 or X5 at SEOClerks, that prestige and status of your userlevel travels with you no matter what site you use as a seller or buyer in the Ionicware network.

And, buyers can now enjoy all the benefits of one balance that is shared whatever site you choose to visit in the Ionicware network. So for instance if you have $5.00 on your SEOClerks balance, you can also spend it at Codeclerks.com or Listingdock.com or any of the other fine sites we offer.

Please let us know what you think of this innovation and how it will benefit you. We'd love to hear your comments.

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