Did you know that the freelancer’s secret weapon is a… (wait for it) planner. Yes, using a simple planner can be one of the most effective weapons in your freelance arsenal. Don’t take my word for it, check out this excellent article to learn more:


Some people write notes to themselves; I used to be one of those people. I lost each and every note I made, only to find them about two weeks after my task to check off had been completed or had expired. My backpack in college seemed to resemble a black hole: everything I actually looked for in there disappeared, but I would find it when I didn’t need it anymore.

If this is you, and you want to freelance in any form, I have the solution for you! The successful freelancer’s secret weapon isn’t a revolutionary idea or complicated method. It’s actually very simple.

It’s a planner.

Yes, I said planner (or agenda, depending on where in the country you reside). Since becoming a freelancer, my agenda has become my best friend; it reminds me when I work at my full-time job, when I have freelancing assignments due, and when my personal life has time to actually happen (e.g. birthday celebrations, family dinners).

My freelancing schedule is more complicated and detailed so that I can stay on track. I make sure that I write down what day my assignments are due and for whom, as well as any length requirements or topics I want to remember for these assignments. I have a list on topic ideas on a “Notes” page; as I use topics I cross them off the list so I do not repeat one. The names of the website or email where I contact each employer in the “Contact” list, as well as the amount we have agreed upon for each article or task I complete for them. This makes it easier to track how much I should make over time.

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