Maybe you’ve gotten into a good rhythm with your freelancing career, so output is characteristically high, yet you’re not feeling fatigued. In that case, perhaps you’ve considered earning a degree through an online course, especially if you’re interested in branching out beyond freelancing, or want a diploma that supports your freelance work.
However, you may be feeling uncertain about whether you could handle an additional obligation without letting your clients down. Keep reading to learn about some of the factors that may help answer that question.
Your Ability to Stay Focused
Because freelancing offers so much flexibility, many people find it difficult to stay focused unless they are very self-motivated. If it is frequently hard for you to stay on track when at home and working for a client, the additional responsibilities of an online course may make it increasingly tricky to meet deadlines and satisfy people. However, realize you may experience a newfound focus, especially if you are particularly excited about new opportunities related to the successful completion of an online course.
Support From Others
You should find it easier to handle online courses if family, friends, and clients are in favor of you continuing your education. Unlike traditional courses, online learning opportunities may not allow students to interact face-to-face with classmates. Because of that reality, it is especially important to create a strong support network. That way, if you’re having a rough day and discovering it’s not easy to juggle everything at once, you’ll have a higher likelihood of finding a listening ear, words of encouragement, or just someone to give you a hug.
Willingness to Communicate
Unfortunately, many people fail to reach out for help when they are having trouble with freelance work, online studies, or both. However, successful distance learners who double as freelancers understand how necessary it is to communicate frequently and honestly with clients and teachers.
Perhaps you’re taking a course that allows you to get your master’s in Sport Management through Adelphi, a provider of numerous online degrees. If you’re putting in your best effort and still failing to understand some of the concepts, you may feel extremely frustrated and ready to give up altogether. Usually though, teachers are very understanding and do what they can to help students who are having problems.
It’s also important to be up front with freelance clients about matters relating to your online course, even if that means taking a reduced amount of work so you can still get good grades. You may even find your educational experience makes you more marketable to clients.
If you’re a freelance writer taking a Healthcare Informatics course as an Adelphi student, it’s probably easier than you think to use your knowledge to appeal to mass audiences. Submitting an article about how patients and doctors use apps to connect with each other is a good example.
Balancing a freelancing life with your online coursework isn’t always easy, but it’s usually very rewarding as long as you can stick to a suitable schedule. The insight above could help you determine if an online course is in your future.
One of the things that I have been praying for these past few months is to have a stable online job. I have actually been working on becoming a Virtual Assistant during the latter part of 2014 but because our house burned down last December, I wasn’t able to pursue it and finish the course that I enrolled in on time.
When we were able to settle down a couple of months since then, I was able to enrol in some classes again and joined some online webinars to refresh my knowledge on being a VA. I have also started applying to some gigs online and although getting a job is not easy especially for a newbie like me, I was very persistent and applied to as many jobs as I can. I have also been praying a lot about it since I really want to have a steady source of income and I have always wanted to have a career as an online freelancer.
There were actually a couple of delays that prevented me to finally apply for an online job, including saving enough funds for a wired internet connection and having a new computer that I can use, but I believe that as long as you work hard and you pray hard, everything will fall into place. I was able to save the funds I need for the installation fee that our internet service provider requires (through the writing gigs that I was able to get) and my brother gave me his laptop. He also gave me his old headset, which I also need for my new online job. Although I may have to save for a new wireless headset, I can still use what he gave me for now.
I am really excited about my new job as a Virtual Assistant and I am blessed to have a great client who is so satisfied with my first week of work that he actually doubled the time he has allotted for me to work each week. I do hope that will continue to work for him for a long time and that I may be able to find other clients so that I can also double my earnings.
This has indeed been a great year despite what happened and all the struggles, and I can’t wait for the coming year. I’m sure that it’ll be a another year full of blessings for the whole family.