A nice post from the Freelancer’s Union.

Side-freelancing can be tough. It can mean extra night hours, daydreaming at your day job, frustrated clients who want to talk with you any time of day, and more.

I’ve found tip #1 to be true as I build a business on the side of my day job. Maybe it’ll inspire you too.

“1. Set realistic limits

Don’t promise complete, I’m-wide-open-Boss availability to your freelance gig OR your main job – that just sets you up for conflict. That doesn’t mean that you have to inform your primary work that you’re exploring freelancing, or vice-versa. It just means that you need to set reasonable boundaries. Make sure that you’re realistically estimating the time it will take you to complete projects. That’s good not only for your freelance pricing, but also for your sanity.”

Read the whole article at Freelancers Union.