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Working remotely takes discipline. It is impossible to be productive in a corner of the table. But if you manage to establish routines for yourself, you can quickly tame the 100% remote working style! (…)

Everything from the beginning to the end of a mission can be done remotely. Absolutely everything! There are strategies and tools that allow you to find customers 100% online, communicate with them fluently, and deliver services (even if the files are heavy) remotely. The most obvious example is platforms that offer tasks to freelancers. In these, most customers will never meet their providers. The platform acts as a trusted intermediary that reassures each party. The customer knows that they can ask the platform for help in case of a mess. A freelancer knows that if he does the work and delivers it, he will get paid.

Without an intermediary, you need to equip yourself with the tools to convince your prospects. It can be done. Not all of your prospects will be 100% willing to work with you online, but you don’t have to work with everyone.

If your goal is to be geographically independent, focus on what you can do on your end to attract customers who fit this collaborative mode. (…)

The 11 most common places to work

· Client work, also called “on site”. In this case, you need to move to the customer’s premises. Times or days are often set. This is often the case for IT tasks (developers, product managers, web project managers, etc.) and long-term contracts (full-time for several months).

· Working at a client’s client is also called “working on site”. This is common for technical professions, especially subcontracted missions with web or software development agencies.

· Renting a private office outside your home to receive clients and work in a private space.

· Daily or monthly rent of a private office or co-working space that works on the principle of “hot desk”.

· Working cafes. You pay for access by the hour, day or month. Drinks are usually included in the price. Sometimes it is possible to rent a meeting room or make calls from soundproof booths.

· Working from almost anywhere is also possible thanks to a 4G/5G subscription (via your mobile operator).

· Free-to-access libraries also allow you to create work in a work environment. On the other hand, it will be necessary to remain silent.

· If you’re making freelance friends, why not invite them to work for you? Or join them at home;

· Co-living spaces allow you to travel in France or abroad, living in a hotel with a co-working space. It’s the best choice for remote freelancers who want to meet international colleagues and have flexibility in their working hours.

· Alternative lifestyles are also possible, such as living in converted vans (to lead the popular “vanlife”) or in small mobile homes (called “tiny houses”), while making money online.

· Settling abroad as an expat, but earning income independently rather than being tied to an employer.

· Finally, the last option in telework – the least original, but possibly the most convenient: stay at home.

Setting limits is essential

(…) You should definitely separate the household area from your work time and inform your loved ones about itBeing a freelancer is hard work! You have to assert yourself and set limits, or you risk doing all the work around you: taking care of sick children, picking up someone at the airport, paperwork… No! Your work time is not an adjustment variable in the division of household chores. Otherwise, you risk:

· get less profit, because you will have less time to sell (produce your services);

· should compensate by working evenings and weekends and not have a moment left for you.

In addition, it will be one of your challenges in freelancing find your rhythm be able to turn off the computer periodically. Of course, since you can work from anywhere and anytime, don’t fall into the trap of changing your schedule to accommodate those around you.

Working at the corner of the desk does not work

When selling your time, you must manage it well to ensure the desired return. This requires professional organization (schedule, routine, quiet moments), as well as a real workspace with good equipment.

Slumping in a chair that explodes your back, working from an old computer that crashes every 5 minutes will have a negative impact on your health and results.

Personally, I like to go out before I start my day. Sometimes I go to a coworking space to change my environment. Or I do sports or take a walk to avoid being in front of the screen as soon as I wake up. I subscribe to many programs and services: the bill is high, but I save time and work convenience.

I recognized myself to be productive no matter what. This is important in freelancing. The key to working around your personal priorities lies in setting up the following environment: quiet to produce undisturbed, a bright space to prevent your eyes from bleeding from the blue light of the screen, good ergonomics to protect your back, wrists and everything else, · clean and clear to avoid visual distractions and keep your mind clear tidy place, · the ability to isolate yourself to call without embarrassment.

Lise Slimane, author of Everything to be freelance (Editions Caliopea).
– Photo by Luis Villanueva


Lise Slimane is a trainer and entrepreneur specializing in freelance economics. He founded the training site “La Minute freelance”. This text is taken from his book Tout pour être freelance published by Caliopea, 400 pages, €39.

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