This term may sound unfamiliar, but I am sure every freelancer has faced this situation at some point in their career.
What? Need help understanding? Let me explain in more detail! We all know that working in the freelancing field is more stressful than in other areas. Because a freelancer in this field has to serve many clients simultaneously, each client’s service style is also different.
A freelancer sometimes feels physically and mentally very tired while working with such pressure on his head. Then he can no longer work at his previous speed and needs to take a break from all work. This situation is called freelance burnout.
For example, you get sick, can’t attend various family events due to fatigue, can’t give proper time to your family, and can’t take care of yourself properly. So freelance burnout harms a freelancer’s personal and professional life.
So in today’s article, I will share with everyone when a freelancer faces burnout and how he can tackle that situation and boost his productivity to balance his professional and personal life.
Why Does Freelance Burn Out Happen?
Let’s start by writing about why freelance burnout happens. Let’s find out. According to experts, most employees in every career field face burnout. But freelancers fall victim to the problem a bit more.
Do you know why? Because freelancing does not have a fixed timetable like other jobs. As a result, a freelancer can work at nine in the morning and at four at night.
Many times it is seen that a freelancer provides services to clients with much more pressure than he can handle. And everyone knows that when the workload is too much, there is no time to take care of yourself. That’s why a freelancer sometimes faces burnout when he works too much.
The main problem facing freelance burnout is that it results in physical and mental fatigue, significantly reducing work productivity. Then the desire to serve clients decreases, and negativity and demotivation towards their work grow. As a result, it is only possible to maintain the quality while providing the service.
Time management is also a problem. As a result, a freelancer has a high chance of losing clients. For these reasons, it is essential to solve freelance burn if it occurs.
What to do if you face burnout?
When a freelancer starts to face burnout, what’s the first thing he should do? Take a short break from work! Since he does not want to work at all, if he works against the mind, it will not do any good. Instead, demotivation towards work will increase.
So take a short break from work. You can take a break and go somewhere nearby, spend time with your family, and if you have a favorite activity, such as reading a book or watching a movie, you can also do it. Some time should be completely away from work. You will find it very helpful.
When you start serving clients again after taking a break, set a plan to maintain a balance in your personal and professional life.
Always remember to take work pressure within your capacity. Only tell the client directly if a client’s demand is within your capabilities. Do not provide any service that may create mental stress.
Also, keep in mind that just because you’re freelancing doesn’t mean you have to work 24 hours a day. You can set a routine for the whole day. In addition to including when you work for a client in this routine, have when and how long you eat, sleep, rest, or exercise during the day.
I have been working in the freelancing field for a long time. Based on my experience, I suggest you never sacrifice your food and sleep for anything.
Because if you don’t eat and drink properly and don’t sleep properly, then you won’t be able to concentrate on work, and at the same time, you will see various physical problems such as headache, back pain, eye pain, etc. So it would help if you prioritize yourself.
Keep some time in your daily routine for your family. When you can spend some quality time with your family regularly, you will find that the tiredness towards work that used to work will slowly subside.
A freelancer may often suffer from burnout due to needing to get the payment he deserves from his clients. If so, my advice would be to raise your pricing a bit.
Because you need to get payment from the client according to your skills and expertise to avoid frustration in yourself, and from here, gradually, negativity towards work grows. If you are confident, you can increase the pricing because clients who understand your value will ultimately take services from you.
In some cases, many freelancers burn out and become demotivated due to not getting clients even after trying for a long time. So now, let’s talk about how to boost your productivity and motivation. Properly marketing your services is very helpful in motivating yourself to freelance again. So do proper research on how to market your services most effectively.
Currently, there are various means for marketing your services—for example, website, cold email, social media marketing, etc. Websites are very effective for properly presenting your services to clients. Again, cold email is handy for converting a new client into an ideal one. On the other hand, if you’re going to generate clients from social media, then you can take the help of various social media.
Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn are three social media platforms that are very effective for generating freelancer clients. Besides these, try to collect some testimonials from old clients. Because client testimonials work like magic to get new clients So if you’re facing freelance burnout from not getting clients, focus on marketing your services. You will get a better output.
That was our discussion today. I hope everyone understands how to handle the situation of freelance burnout effectively—best wishes to all.