Freelancing can be hard. It can be overwhelming. But it can also be incredibly freeing.

It’s crucial to make sure that you enjoy what you are doing so that you’ll create the best work you possibly can.

Creative Live has 7 great tips that will help improve your life as a freelancer so that you can do more of what you love, and enjoy every minute of it.

Five-minute financial check-in: Set a timer for five minutes, then check in with your finances. What’s your biggest financial stressor? If it’s late invoices, get on the phone with the offender. If it’s low rates, research a higher-paying market. If it’s unopened mail and undeposited checks, get on it. Even a few minutes can help you feel more in control of your finances.

Make a to-do list you’ll actually complete: Take two minutes to freewrite your most pressing tasks, then rank them in numerical order. Cross off any tasks you can delegate or put off, then spend five minutes working on task number one. Voilá: instant relief.”

Be sure to read the other 5 tips at Creative Live.