A common myth about independent contractors states that all their time is free time. In practice, the opposite is more likely to be true. When you’re an independent contractor, you’re always on the job. Weekends are an opportunity to earn more money and get more work done, and since you don’t have paid vacations, you’re more likely not to indulge in time off. Because of this, time management becomes crucial in two vital ways.
First, it’s important not to start to believe the myth. If you treat your time as free time, you may not meet your deadlines, or you may end up working too few hours to grow your business or even to pay your bills. On the other hand, you can easily work yourself into the ground, never giving yourself the break you need to rejuvenate and relax since you don’t know where your next gig is coming from. The trick is to find a balance between the two extremes. Plan your work schedule ahead of time, and make sure you’re working all the hours you need to keep your clients happy and your business healthy — but don’t feel constrained by normal working hours if you prefer a [more eclectic schedule.