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Freelancing In Bed – When Tragedy Takes Place

Submitted by on October 22, 2010 – 12:19No Comment

The best thing about being a freelancer is that I can still work when tragedy takes place. Two months ago, I met a pinball-spinning-car accident and I was told to rest in bed for 3 to 6 months because there were fractures on my kneecaps. The world would have ended for a fulltime employee but since I am working from home, I can continue to work in bed with my laptop on the pillow and three meals served right to my lap.

Contrary to the saying that a freelancer should work at all times because once you stop then you won’t know where your next bread and butter will be coming from, I believe that we should all take a break once a while. That’s the whole point of freelancing in the first place, isn’t it – to have full control of what we want to do with our life? But if you really have to freelance when tragedy strikes, here are some tips to help you through.

Get A Breakfast Table-Tray
I loved this piece of furniture very much. I can place it over my lap, set my laptop and equipments on it, and work with ease because my injured knees below it are not affected at all. And I don’t get the skinburn that is caused by heat from the laptop. It’s an affordable, convenient and comfortable working setup for a patient in bed. When it comes to meal times, I just put my laptop aside and I can have my lunch on the table-tray as well.

WiFi Your House
I was on broadband connection for the longest time, with the network cable linked to my computer every hour of the day since 2005. That was not possible for me when I had to work in bed. So I got the whole place wifi-ed and now I can work anywhere in the house. Whether I am in bed, in the bathroom or in the kitchen, I can check my emails and work away. So ya, don’t be stubborn, WiFi is good for us who work from home.

Hire A Runner
Or get your family and friends to help you. When I was resting in bed, there are a lot of things that I cannot do such as meeting clients for briefing sessions, collecting documents and samples, sending mock-ups to clients, and even collecting my cheque payments. So I get people to help me. I send representatives to meet clients, collect payments, deliver my work – I get someone to be my feet. This is one way of ensuring business goes on like usual and there are no hiccups along the way.

Be Honest With Your Clients
Some people think that it’s not professional to let your clients know about your personal life – I totally agree. But when it comes to issues that will affect your working partnership with them, I suggest you be honest. If you are bedridden, let them know that’s why you cannot meet up with them but you are available on the phone and emails at all times. As freelancers, we have personal working relationships with our clients. Thus, being honest with them in situation as such would do more good than harm to the working relationship.

Hope these tips help you to work efficiently despite what life has thrown to you. And for those of you who are surfing the net because you need to rest in bed for whatever reason, I hope this article sparks in you to start your working engine again. Don’t let anything get you down, everything is possible if you want to achieve your goals. Go for it!

P/s: I’m freelancing in bed because after one month of resting with nothing to do, my workaholic self is kicking me to be productive again.

Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong ©2010

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