A Method to Madness: How to Handle Having Both a Full-time Job and Freelance Gigs

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I have not done a post in this feature, A Method to Madness, in a while. When I saw how some visitors seemed to like what I wrote about taking that leap to start freelancing, I thought it’s time for another follow-up post that is related to it.

Freelancing takes some effort, passion and dedication in order for it to pay off. In other words: It’s still like any other job, except that you get to work at home and your work hours are more flexible. When you have a full-time job, you have a strict schedule to follow. You have company rules and policies to adhere to. (But there is free coffee and your co-workers can become wonderful friends.) Some freelancers I know are full-time at it while others, like me, still have their day jobs. What if you belong to the latter group of freelancers, like me? I know it sounds crazy to even take up freelance gigs when there is already a stable job. Reasons vary and to be honest, I have two main reasons why I still keep my day job:

  1. The job is stable. Ergo, I have a regular flow of paychecks coming in.
  2. I love what I do. Hey, I work on websites and I could not ask for more.

I freelance at times but I make sure I still keep everything in order. It was a bit messy when I first started out freelancing a couple of years back. Since then, I have learned to be more conscious of my decisions and actions. I have learned to weed out what works for me and what doesn’t. Having a full-time job and taking on some freelance projects can be tricky. Here’s what you can do to save your sanity (and time!):
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The Road to Mapping Out Your Freelance Gigs

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I have turned one of my The Sims 3 game characters into a freelance writer and its start was more flourishing than mine did. It has sadly come to this: I am fleshing out one of my dream jobs through the means of a game character. A vicarious pastime that I am only recently both chuckling at and pouting over.

The road to starting freelance is not smooth. It was never smooth. I think most (if not all) freelancers would nod their heads and attest to that. But here’s something we could toast about: That not-so-easy start is exactly that: Happens only during the beginning. Sure, there will be rough spots along the way but it does get easier over time.

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Coffitivity = Productivity?

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As an in-house creative, I spend nine hours in the office. Like most jobs within the corporate setting, I have a desk of my own that comes with the necessities (ex. a computer that actually works). And like most jobs with the same environment, I share an office with other co-workers/teammates. There are 16 people in the same room as I am. It’s actually great when I need some breaks during my shift, especially since we are able to have chit-chats in between tasks and projects. But what to do when you need to just really, really be left alone and simply focus on your project? One word comes to mind, I’m pretty sure: Music.

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