Freelancing Series - 8 - Diversity
Things are busy! I'm really happy about that.
It's fun watching the day fill up and counting the money. I tweak my financial model maybe a bit too much...but whatever. Ok - it's not a lot of money. But it's some!!
My work is quite a combination these days. As I'm knocking out to-dos, something is sticking out to me: my switching costs are decreasing. For as long as I remember, I've needed a work warm-up before I settle into a rhythm. Usually a combination of YouTube, Music, Netflix, but always something. Now, I'm flipping between cryptoasset investing strategies and eCommerce paid search keywords in <5 minutes. I kind of have to, but it's awesome.
I'm getting better at making mental silos and moving between them. As I optimize, I'll try to do more segmentation - perhaps Monday for this project, Tuesday for this etc... but at least for now I'm learning to juggle. AND - I hope to have multiple ventures forever, so this is a perfect time to get used to it.
My brief advice:
- Keep separate notebooks for every client/engagement
- Create Gmail labels or filters for emails from every client
- Model your income by client per month, so you know how you ought to be spending your time & prioritizing
- Advance your best practices - my biggest one has been enforcing deadlines for clients that don't even ask for them. Super key to time management
We'll see how things continue to evolve - I know I'm starting to be bias toward certain clients. While I'm under contract, I shouldn't play favorites, but over time, I will optimize away from less fun engagements. For now, I'm learning from everyone - both good + bad.
Team Health - Team Wealth - signing off.