What? You work weekends?!?! No way. I’d never do that.
This is often the reaction I get when I tell people that I usually work the weekends. It seems that unless you are a freelancer who works 9 – 5, Monday – Friday, then you’ve not quite made it. You are still struggling. You don’t have it down yet.
There’s lots of businesses and coaching programs out there who preach that you can make money while you sleep and huge statements like, “Make $1,000,000 working 5 hours a week!”
That certainly hasn’t been my experience in business. What I HAVE done though is create a six figure freelance business working around 25hrs per week and with clients that I love.
Being a mum to two pre-school boys, the flow of 9-5, Monday – Friday isn’t possible for me in my business. Nor do I strive for it!
The flow of my week changes all the time but right now, I have 2 full days (when the boys are in child care and kinder) to work from home. We take the 10 minute walk to the child care centre from our home, I drop them off at 8:15 am and I’m back at the desk with a coffee for 8:30am.
I’ll then work through the day, with a lunch break or afternoon run, and pick them up at 3:45pm.
The chunk of my work is done over these two days with the other 10hrs being slotted in at the weekends whilst one boy sleeps and the other is playing with dad. Or in the evening, with a cup of tea, once the boys are tucked up in bed.
I’ve learned to not grip so tightly to routine and let things change and evolve organically.
So yes, I sometimes work in the evening or at the weekends. But on the flip side, I have 3 full days during the week and the rest of the time at the weekends to go to the zoo, spend the day at the beach, meet friends in the park or watch movies with my husband in the evening.
Freelance is about creating a lifestyle that serves you. Not a job that restricts you.
In the comments below, I’d love to hear about your perfect week:
- In your life as a freelancer what is the flow of your ideal week?
- When are you most creative?
- When do you need to get outside and play?
- What does you down time look like?