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Freelance designers need to carve out time for professional development and their business.

Professional development is really important when you are a freelance designer. I have been wanting to get my own website up and running for quite some time now, but you know how it goes… full-time job, kids activities, school work, housework, freelance. Life happens! There’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done. That’s why you’ll find me up until all hours of the night/morning. In fact, most times I don’t make it all the way through the night, and find myself passed out at my computer. One time, I literally woke up with my finger on the zzzzzzzzzzzz button. I was definitely catching my Z’s, or would you say writing them?! Hahaha!

This is what motivated me to take an online course through Fanshawe College‘s part-time studies. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to focus on my business without the structure of a course to force me to get it done. I NOW HAVE THE FORCE!

Without an end date, or due date, I often find that I’m less motivated to complete tasks. I think to myself, “it’s not urgent so I’ll get to it later”. This obviously is the way most people get stuck in procrastination mode, where you just can’t seem to get motivated enough to even get started on a project. You need to find a way to get out of this rut, and get stuff done. This could be done by signing up for a conference, schooling (online or in-person), or taking on a new project for a client that is out of your comfort zone. The benefits of doing these things, will improve your self-worth, and motivate you to expand or grow your business.

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