Everyone has their own secrets for squeezing more productivity out of their freelance work day. My personal favorite is getting up early – today it was 4 a.m. – to work sans interruption before the rest of the world is awake.
I know other writers who stay up late to write or work in coffee shops because that’s where they feel most productive.
But being productive isn’t just about when or where you work. One freelance acquaintance uses a virtual assistant to book her telephone interviews. Another hires students to help with office work like filing papers. Others use transcription services to transcribe their recorded interviews.
Whatever the method, the point is to make the most of the hours you work – and with the economy tanking and taking the publishing industry with it, it’s never been more important to make every billable hour count.
To that end, Freelance Switch, another freelance writing blog, just published this great post on 50 ways to improve your productivity as a freelancer.
Here are some WordCount posts I’ve written on being more productive by:
- Writing faster
- Getting organized
- Keeping track of sources so you don’t waste time searching through files when you need to make calls
- Stopping sources from rambling in phone interviews
- Recharging your batteries every so often by scheduling vacations