The world of work is undergoing a constant change, including how people do their jobs. With the advancement of technology, everyone can work anywhere and anytime without having to be present at the office. Days when you have to wake up every morning and work from 9 to 5 in your cubicle have long gone. Thanks to the internet and digital technology, remote working has never been easier.

This flexibility and freedom to choose your own working hours opens a great opportunity for college students who want to earn extra money by working as freelancers. Aside from the perk of earning additional cash, working as a freelancer will give you valuable experiences to build up your portfolio that can be used for applying a real job after you graduate.

However, as the old adage goes, ‘there are two sides to every coin’. While being able to make your own money sounds like a great idea, the practice might not be as easy as it sounds. It is a challenge to balance your duties as a student and your responsibilities as a freelancer. Here are some guides to be successful both as a freelancer and student:

Be consistent  

At some point, your college and work life will collide. There will be times when you have an important assignment from your lecturer while having tight deadline from your boss that it can be overwhelming. Maybe you will start to sacrifice your college assignment to finish one of your job deadlines. If this keeps spiralling, it can be confusing and damaging your schedule in the long run. Therefore, you should set your priority and make a to-do-list. Consistency is needed so you can manage your time wisely to complete all things on your to-do-list. Consistency will help you accomplish all your goals and maintain your schedule as stable as possible.

Have self-motivation

There will be days when you feel exhausted while juggling between doing your role as a freelancer and student. To overcome such situation, you should build your own self-motivation to keep you on the road. There are many ways to get a self-motivation. One of them is by reminding the goals that you want to achieve in both your college life a student and professional life as a freelancer.  

Enjoy what you do

First of all, when you want to be a freelancer you should ensure to pick only a job that you love doing. Loving the job that you do will help you complain less when times are rough and help you enjoy every task assigned for you. When you find the fun and enjoyment in  your work, it will encourage you to give the best performance too. Therefore, it is important to choose a job that you are passionate about, something that you will enjoy doing even when deadlines are tight.

Take some break

Become a freelancer and a student at the same time can put you in a hectic schedule that sometimes it stresses you out. To prevent a burnout, you should take some break for a while. You need a quality time for yourself as it can refresh your mind and body so you will get ready to finish your duties. Having a slice of sweet chocolate cake, licking a scoop of your favourite ice cream flavour, or drowning yourself in a fragrant candles will help you relax a bit. A little treat for yourself will help you increase your performance afterwards.

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Are you currently seeing yourself losing motivation and lagging behind your coworkers at work? Or, do you begin to hate your job and think about seeking for new career? If you find yourself trapped in similar situation, there are two possibilities to explain your condition: either you are in the wrong job, or just lazy.

There is difference between being stuck in a job and simply being sluggish. While those two conditions have similar symptoms, they have totally different impact to one’s career life. As they have different impact, you should also prepare different actions to deal with the condition. You should switch jobs if you are sure that you have been choosing the wrong career. But, you just need to find the right way to motivate yourself if you are just lazy.

Here’s how you can tell whether you have been working on the wrong field or just having hard times at work:

It is a wrong career:

If you fail to improve your skills despite your hard-work

When you have good intention and make real efforts to improve yourself at work but you always find failure, it could be a tell-tale sign that the job is not destined for you. Despite having worked hard to hone your skills in certain field, you feel that you are going nowhere while your coworker is getting a promotion already. Possible reason for this condition could be owing to your lack of passion for the job. Some skills do not only need theory and practice to develop, but also passion. When this happens, it will be better to figure out your true passion and change career.

If the work ruins your life balance

The wrong job might get you work too hard until you cannot maintain your life balance. While you want to be a professional who love challenges and have dedication for work, sacrificing your private life for work is not the right way to start a career. It is not good to work overtime for the whole week or keep thinking about your task in the weekend, such that you have no time for yourself and your loved ones. Moreover, when you work burden makes you sick and you still think about it, it could be the right time to set up your moving steps.

If you find other interest that makes you more enthusiastic

When the first time you entered the job, you might have no idea about passion. You just picked the job as you believed that the job had good prospect and offered both financial security and stability. As time goes by, you learn that you can no longer find the reason why you should get up in the morning and go to work. Instead, you are more enthusiastic to learn about other things rather than your job. Before ruining your image because you are unable to focus on your job, you should plan resignation and move to the right career choice and follow your interest.

You are just lazy:

If you keep procrastinating

When you have some tasks which you know you can do it well but you choose to do it later while you actually are free, you might have fallen back on lazy habits. Instead of working on the stack of tasks and getting them done quickly, you choose to busy yourself doing something else to divert your boredom such as scrolling pointlessly on your social media, browsing unnecessary videos for fun, playing games and so on. When you find yourself in this phase, you should motivate yourself to get back to work and remind yourself the negative consequences of procrastination.

If you pretend to be sick to avoid pressure

If you are a lethargic individual, once you face a pressure, you tend to act like you are weak and clueless in getting the task done. At some point, you pretend to be sick while actually you are fine just because you do not want to go to the office and meet your boss. However, escaping from responsibility is not a habit that a professional does. Therefore, you should change this attitude or your career will never grow.

If you hate feedback

Whenever your boss complain about your performance, you will talk in your mind something like, “Yeah, I have already known about that”, as you actually know how to fix the problem. This demonstrates that basically you have no problem with the work, but rather your own attitude. The only problem lies in your own willingness to improve yourself.

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