Freelancing Survival Tip: Run Errands During “Working Hours”

9to5For a freelancer, time is money — so if we’re wasting time, we’re wasting money.  That is why I like to run my errands during “working hours”.  Businesses — from the grocery store to the bank to the post office — are less crowded during the 9 to 5 hours, so I spend less time when I’m out and about taking care of errands.

It may seem a little odd for me to be telling you to get out of the house and go shopping during the day when you should be working.  It felt odd to me to do it for a long time as well.  But go to the grocery store at 9:30 in the morning — just once — and you’ll agree.  What takes 40 minutes at 5:30 in the evening only takes 10 to 15 minutes at 9:30 in the morning.  That’s a savings of 25 to 30 minutes.

Now of course, I’m not advocating running around town all morning and only working a few hours in the afternoon.  Sorry, you still have to put in the time at your home office.  But when you put in that time is completely up to you.  That’s the beauty of being a freelancer — you are in control of your schedule.

I work the “night shift”  a couple nights a week in my home office — or sometimes do a half day on Saturday — to afford myself the luxury of peaceful daytime shopping.  It saves me time and stress, and to be honest, it’s just nice to be able to get out of the house at a time when life is a little more relaxed.

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