Anyone who is or has been self-employed will understand how difficult it can often be to stick to a structured schedule when you work for yourself. Working on a freelance basis often means that you must be flexible enough to drop everything and work on a new, big job, or rearrange your schedule in order to fit in time for a client whom you cannot afford to lose. Because of this, going to college and studying for a degree can often be difficult when you are self-employed. Alongside working and building up your freelance portfolio, you will also need to make the time to attend classes and study independently. We’ve listed some top tips for freelancers who are considering going back to college.
As a freelancer or somebody who is self-employed, you will want to have as much flexibility as possible when it comes to your degree. The more flexible, the better, as being able to design and modify your study schedule so that it fits around your work will allow you to continue making a decent income as you study. Studying for an online program such as an online MBA is one of the best ways to gain a degree whilst working freelance, as it will offer you complete flexibility and control over your own learning.
Learning how to manage your own time well is crucial for anybody who wants to be self-employed and study for a college degree at the same time. Improving your time management skills will not only benefit you as a student, but will help you to develop healthy habits that you can use for life. Sticking to a well laid out schedule is the best way to ensure that you stay on top of both your professional and academic work, even during times where you’ll need to concentrate more on your degree, such as finals. For students who are working on an MBA online program, for example, you will learn a lot about time management from the actual course.
Contractors who work on a freelance basis will often sell their work to a number of clients. Building a good relationship with your clients through effective communication is not only important for building your portfolio and reputation as a freelancer, it will also make your situation much easier when it comes to studying for your degree. Developing a good relationship with your clients means that they are much more likely to be understanding if you need to take time off or reduce your work due to your studies, for example. In general, most clients will be very supportive of you taking time to improve yourself and pursue further education if they have a good relationship with you and are satisfied with your work.
Returning to college to study for a degree can be difficult for freelancers and the self-employed. But, don’t let a hectic work schedule put you off from improving your education, as there are many ways to make it manageable.
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