Freelancers Stop Wasting Time Between Jobs
4 Strategies To Help You Avoid Wasting Time In Between Remote Jobs
A lot of remote work contracts come with an expiration date. You’ve been hired to fulfill some need and once the job is done, the employer decides to let you go. Or worse – the company suddenly decides to scrap their remote work program altogether. And now you are desperate to find a new remote gig.
The good news is that remote work arrangements are becoming more and more popular. Still, the entire application-interview-offer conundrum can take up several months, especially if you are joining a larger company.
From Forbes by Abdullahi Muhammed September 12, 2019
So what should you do with the free time at hand? Below are four solid strategies that will help you stay productive and focused in between remote jobs.
1. Supplement your remote work with a side-hustle
As the old adage goes, “the best defense is a good offense.” Instead of patiently waiting out when your remote contract expires, start building up additional income streams while you are still employed.
There’s a good variety of side-hustles you can pursue to beef up your remote paycheck such as consulting, affiliate marketing, e-commerce or even tutoring. Each option does not require a lot of time commitment but can help you generate anywhere from a couple hundred to a couple of thousands of extra dollars per month. And when you are in search of a new contract, that money can help you avoid dipping into your savings account.
If you didn’t take care of this earlier, start now as you have some extra time available. Use your “break” to build a solid base for your future side-business.
2. Polish up your personal brand
I bet you have leveled up some of your skills and learned a few new cool tricks since the last time you were hunting for a job. As you have time at hand, why not invest it into polishing up your online presence? After all, new employers will be looking you up. So it’s best to meet them in all-new sparkling armor.
As a freelancer and/or remote worker it’s always worth revising the following assets:
- Your LinkedIn profile – request new testimonials from your former clients, update your skill set, add a new profile tagline specifying that you are for hire and sprinkle some fresh accomplishments into your work experience section.
- Your portfolio or personal website – list the latest work projects you did, rewrite your About and Services page; upload a new version of your CV/resume; consider creating and publishing a client case study.
- Your marketing plan – word of mouth marketing is great but it cannot be your only marketing channel if you want to stay busy with good clients. LinkedIn, Facebook, search engines, mastermind groups, etc. are all options you should explore to get more quality leads.
- Start a blog or pitch a niche publisher – to generate some extra oomph around your name and show that you really know a thing or two within your line of work.
- Register at new freelance platforms – if you are having a hard time finding a remote job through one of your regular channels, consider signing up for a new marketplace. Here’s a big list of those.
3. Invest in freelancer professional education
Now that you have more time on your hands, perhaps you can go on and finally finish that e-course you have started ages ago. Who knows, maybe the skills you gain from it will be the key to landing the next job.
Today, there’s no lack of professional training options – ranging from one-off webinars to MOOCs and specialized classes and workshops for virtually any niche. The best part, if you don’t want to spend any extra cash, you can still get access to world-class education:
- HubSpot Academy offers plenty of free courses covering different aspects of online marketing, sales and customer support. Their certifications are viewed as pretty valuable by employers.
- Google Digital Garage also has a decent selection of marketing and business courses you can take for free. As well, they have a separate collection of great e-courses for app and web developers.
- Harvard University runs an ongoing selection of courses (both free and paid) open to the general public.
Suffolk University offers a good number of online degree, Masters and MBA programs to help you polish your business and marketing skills as well as build vital connections.
- Finally, Coursera has a huge selection of free MOOCs. But you’ll have to pay a bit extra if you want to get a completion certificate.
4. Freelancers, strengthen your admin systems
Admin work is hardly the most exciting part of having a remote career. But still, it’s important to regularly check back on your business systems and make proactive improvements. Think about the things that were preventing you from doing your best work. Is your invoicing process good enough? And how about your document flow?
When was the last time you actually made a significant improvement to your work process? Use your free time to explore the new apps and tools for streamlining the daunting admin routine.
Dry spells do happen even to the best of workers. Instead of frantically applying for remote jobs that you do not feel 100% positive about, shift your energy towards other tasks, aimed at growing and diversifying your skill set and scope of work.