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Freelance Workers, Let's Organize Your Home Office

Aug 17, 2007
Are you just starting freelancing and need to know how to organize your freelance home office? If you start out organizing your home office from the beginning your will find that you are able to complete a lot more freelance work and will be a lot more productive and relaxed in your new working environment. In this article we will discuss a couple of rules for organizing your home office for optimum efficiency.

The Freelance Worker's Filing System

As a freelance worker one of the first things you will need to consider is your filing system. How many files you have and what they are each for will generally depend on what type of freelancing you are doing but you will want at least three files. The first file will be for freelance clients and assignments, the second for finances and the third for additional information (this could include research, marketing, etc.) This is the absolute minimum and if you wish you can expand these to a number of different files each depending on your needs.

What type of files you use and how these are organized is also largely a matter of personal preference. You may use a number of hanging files in a filing cabinet which should be clearly marked with a label at the top explaining what is in each file. You can also use ring binders which should be clearly labeled on the outside as well as including a number of file dividers with clear labels separating each section.

The freelance worker's desk

The next area you need to consider as a freelance worker is your desk. The cleaner and neater your desk the more productive you will be and the more relaxed and inspired you will feel to do your work. Think carefully about what you should actually have on your desk (this should be as little as possible). Your computer is probably the first item on your desk for most freelance workers and then a telephone. Beyond this most items should be kept in drawers or files and other books in bookcases.

Other items used for freelance work

In your office you should create a space for each type of activity that is necessary for your freelance work. Most of these activities may take place at your desk but moving beyond your desk, if you are going to be meeting with clients in your freelance office then you will want to have a space allocated for meeting with clients with some chairs and perhaps a small table. You may also need space for a camera for freelance photography or other items related to other work activities. There should be a place for everything and everything should stay in its place.

Effective time management for freelance workers

Time management is another area that freelance workers need to consider carefully. As a freelance worker you will be your own boss and so will be able to do your work when you want to but you should be disciplined and try to have a routine that will keep you motivated and enthusiastic about your work. The first item you will need in effective time management as a freelancer is a diary or time plan that will show you when you plan to do your work and when you are going to be doing other activities. Each project or activity should be fitted into this scheme and as far as possible you should ensure that you look at it daily and stick to what you have planned in order to ensure that you get the work done.

If you get your home office properly organized you will find yourself being a lot more effective as a freelance worker and able to complete more work more efficiently. Proper organization of your filing system, desk, home office and time will ensure that you function optimally and are a successful freelance worker.
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