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Diving Deeper into Freelancing

Buckling down in my freelancing lifestyle.

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It’s been about a month since I’ve part ways with Lyft and begun working on a few projects. The biggest project I’m working on is twch.at. It’s something I’ve been brewing on for some time now and I’m glad that I have more time to work on it now. However, working on passion projects pre-profit doesn’t cover food bills.

Tools I’m Using

Since getting deeper with freelancing, I’ve kicked up my subscriptions with services like RescueTime and Toggl. However, I’ve decided to drop Toggl due to its desktop application being extremely noisy when I’m plugged in and it being overall being a bit of a shelled out service. I took a lot at Bonsai’s list of freelancing tools and ended up looking into using Harvest for time tracking, invoices and the whole nine. The biggest thing about these services is my ability to export data from them. That feature gives me the greatest flexibility if I ever need to switch and a level of trust when it comes to data exposure.

RescueTime is probably one of the best services I’ve used for recording and understanding my daily habits. The level of detail it gets really helps me scruntize how I spend time and how I can set up tooling to make sure I spend my time wisely. Try it for a while on me and see it for yourself. The biggest thing about it is that I can set alerts around how much time I spend working to make sure I hit my requirements for sustainability. Initially, I did this check weekly but quickly realized that it wasn’t soon enough for me to be able to make up for lost time.

Networking

I’m really fortunate to have a strong following on places like Twitter to help me find new leads for contracting work. However, it’s always tricky balancing load with capability. This is why I’ve decided to open up a leads section in my newsletter to help people who are subscribed to find more work. It’s how I get my start, it’s only right to do the same.