13 Things about Freelancing and Me

Freelancing for me isn’t just about looking for short-term work. There’s a whole lot of adventure down the freelancing road, a journey that only a true freelancer can endure and understand: battles against distraction, the hunt for unpaid invoices,etc

For me the freelance lifestyle is built on the idea of having more time to do what I love. It is about freedom to work from home, be your own boss or to have the flexibility to travel when I want.

As a freelancer I try to create a work life reality that fits my own expectations and unique circumstances.

1. My new office attire

The temptation to not get dressed can be huge when there’s no dress code to adhere to and no one to get dressed for. As a freelancer , I burnt My suit, briefcase and even my shoes, all I need now is a laptop, an endless supply of coffee and the same pajamas I slept in last night.

But I like to be causally dressed while working as the clothes I am wearing has a huge impact on the way our brains perceive the role that we’re filling. So I like to wear colourful clothes which I am comfortable in. During client meetings I am formally dressed. For all the other times I like to be casually dressed.

2. Work on the go…

The best part about my freelancing is that i have combined multiple businesses together. I try my level best to interweave them into each other. I take care that none of them get affected because of other.

My laptop and other gadgets are always with me when I travel, thus I can manage having a right balance of work and pleasure.

3. Salary increases and everything is taken care of…

I had to build up on my experience, my networks and my client base before I could even think about being a freelancer.

It’s hard work, and in the beginning it used all my energy but I had to stay afloat and keep the work coming in while I got my name out there.

I didn’t start making money from the very beginning, so one has to ensure that they have savings to cover at least a few months or more as a precautionary measure.

4. It’s less stressful than working for someone else

As a freelancer I am running my own small business. This means I am my company’s accountant, sales person, project manager and CEO.

5. I am the BOSS….

I am a freelancer – I am my own boss now, right?

I may not have one single boss anymore, but I have soon noticed that instead I have a handful of mini-bosses – my new clients – each with a very specific idea of how that project should be carried out.

The only privilege that I have is that  if I have a particularly unreasonable client then I have the absolute right to turn that project down. This is a definite privilege of freelancing that can never be enjoyed when working as a regular employee

6. My time is my own

Working for myself can mean that I am never going to be able to fully switch off from work, which could mean my work eats a lot more of my personal time than an office job might without me even noticing it.

I have realised that there is no going home at the end of the day and I can’t just work ‘normal hours’ but it’s 24-7 at times.

Just because I work from home doesn’t mean I am open 24 hours a day. I try and set up reasonable expectations that I can live up to all the time with my clients.

7. More time for my friends

I am a freelancer but my friends are still in their office jobs and the only time that I can catch up with them is holidays or after work. But due to uncertainty of work, I cannot actually know before hand about the work that I may get.

I end up spending a lot of time with freelancers or my pet as they are the only people who are available.

8. Charge less to win over clients

As a freelancer I am competing against other freelancers for jobs. Over a period of time I have realised that customers pay for and look for quality.

Another good method which I followed was during my corporate job – I worked on small projects for my friends and relatives so they had an idea about my work.

9. My movable office

I had the option of renting an office but then I thought otherwise. I made a promise to myself that I will not get myself trapped in between office walls for the rest of my life. With this in my mind, I started finding my own space where I was comfortable working. I started meeting clients in cafeterias, restaurants and added a new outlook to the meetings. In return got to visit new places and travel a lot.

You will see that my office can be anywhere possible where I feel comfortable and can get my work done.

10. Automation, a MUST

Being in the field of web development, it’s no surprise that I have to be highly automated to keep track of my work, schedule, deadlines, projects, communication, etc. You will always find me with my laptop and other technology gadgets which keep me connected to my work.

I like to detach from them from time to time so that I do not become a slave to technology and work.

11. More time to cook

I love to cook and try new dishes every now and then. Freelancing has greatly helped me develop as a better cook than before.

From making salads, starters, main course dishes and lot more. I love spending some extra time in the kitchen.

12. More time with family

The biggest advantage of freelancing is that you get to spend a lot of time with your family. I love being pampered by my family as I end up spending lot of time with them.

13. Stress-free travelling

I love travelling but traveling to work during peak hours was my worst nightmare. But now, I have got the flexibility of travelling to places which are less crowded for a meeting and arrange the timings of the meetings so that I don’t end up being stuck in the traffic.

Being in Mumbai and having the choice at most of the times to avoid getting stuck in traffic during peak hours is one of the greatest boons.

After a while, if you’re good, the work will find you – but in the early days I had some horrible gaps during which I felt the cold breath of unemployment at my neck.

A freelance programmer’s life can be a hell and a heaven, it depends on how well you manage it.

So, now you know the truth about freelancing which I am personally undergoing! Think you need some more advice on getting that career off the ground? You can drop me an email at diptik@diptik.in for any inputs and suggestions.

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15 reasons why One should Travel

I love to travel and explore. It’s a generic claim that comes up at least once in every get-to-know-you conversation.

Relaxing weekends are a great stress reliever. Exploration is what happens when you throw yourself into a trip and a culture. It’s what you do when you get a little lost in a new city, eat something you can’t pronounce, or experience something that makes you change the way you think.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Yew!” – Mark Twainish

If there was one piece of advice I have for people today to experience more joy in life, it is to travel more. I don’t mean taking vacations or going on pre-planning trips, I mean making the journey out to somewhere you’ve never gone before with an open schedule, to let life show you what opportunities were waiting for you that you couldn’t have even imaged before.

Traveling is wonderful in many ways. It captures us with a sense of wanderlust and has us longing for more destinations to visit, cultures to experience, food to eat, and people to meet.

   1. Finding a new purpose

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye

Traveling is an amazingly underrated investment in yourself. As you travel you’re exposed to more new people, cultures, and lifestyles than you are living in your homeland all the time. With all the newness in your life, you’re also opened to new insights, ways of seeing the world and living, which often gives people a new purpose for their lives. If you’re feeling stuck on what your purpose is, what you want to do with your life, the career or educational path you want to pursue, go travel…you might just be surprised about what you discover as a new sense of life purpose and direction.

2. Helps you appreciate your home more

When we spend time away from home, especially in a place where we don’t have the same luxuries readily available to us…like a village in Fiji that runs without electricity…we become more aware and appreciative for the luxuries we have back at home.

 

 3. Makes you realise that your home is more than just where you grew up

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

 

4. You’ll realise how little you actually knew about the world

 

6. Experience serendipity and synchronicity

“Traveling is one of the easiest ways to become aware of the magic that weaves all of creation together through serendipity and synchronicity with perfect timing.” – Adam Siddiq

 

14. Teaches To Be More Patient

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    Travel can involve a lot of waiting. You’ll wait in lines, for flights or at restaurants. Learning how to cope with those waits, how to make conversation with those you’re waiting with and how to stay calm in frustratingly slow situations will teach you how to remain patient and calm in all situations.

    15.  You end up meeting celebrities

 

While traveling you might get lucky and end up meeting your favourite celebrities.

If you are lucky you might get a chance to take a photography with them too. I got lucky on this part.

In the end I still can’t really explain why I love traveling, it’s just a feeling, but then maybe that’s all I need to know, why over complicate things.

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Mood swings

Do you go through this? I do. I guess many people do. What do you wanna do at such a time? I don’t wanna talk to people, maybe I wanna watch a movie or maybe not. But one thing I surely wanna do is, put on my earphones and listen to music.

Yes, Music lifts me up and brings me back to life. I feel fresh after listening to music. And if I get to listen to live music, by a group of people, nothing like it. It also makes me wanna dance. When at home, tune on your favourite songs, make some yummy food and there you are.

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All you need to give is – PRIORITY

How many times has your answer been – “I want to, but I don’t have time.”

Each one of us is living in a world full of competition, busy life, people running the rat race, trying to balance professional and personal lives. And also, cribbing about things which are not fine as per you.

But have we ever done something instead of complaining about it. No.

Why? Because we do not give priority to it. There are things that you do willingly, prioritizing them. But for things, which fall in the last bullet, are always pushed behind.

Let’s try and spend a couple of hours towards doing something for someone who is need – need of our TIME. Yes, let’s spend time doing some social work, helping someone. We love to do that, but it just doesn’t happen because we are tied up with ourselves and our responsibilities all the time. Make this one as one of your responsibilities and push it up in the list.

Give Priority.

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Avoid the elevator

Have you ever tried doing this? When I did this for the first time, I felt short of breath (phewwwww)

And since then I felt the need to start doing it on a regular basis. I stay in a 7 storey building and use the stairs till the 4th floor as of now.

I am also going to follow this when I go to Shopping malls or any other place where I can avoid the Elevator.

Do try this and make it a habit 🙂

All the best 😉

 

 

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Better late than never

It was not too late when I realised I had to stop thinking and start doing something about my fitness.

So here’s my story..

I have left my corporate job since a couple of months now. Over these months, I have been involved into things which I always wanted to do. And during this course, I ended up eating junk food, not JUST junk food, but a LOT of it. On top of that, public transport changed to private; so neither reaching late to work nor running to catch a bus, rik or a train worried me anymore.

And just then, I went shopping for a dress I had to wear to my best friend’s wedding and I realized, I was not fitting into dresses of my regular size.

I gave a thought over it and started feeling the need to get back in shape.

Here is what I started doing since the last 3 days to be precise:

1) Walking at least 10,000 steps

2) Tea/Coffee are OFF the List (I was never a big fan of these, but I used to end up eating 8-10 biscuits at one go with my tea)

3) Replaced Milk Tea with Green Tea

4) Sweet Cravings 🙁 (Stopped eating sweets, chocolates, cakes and pastries)

 

This is it so far. Well it’s been only 3 days and today was the 4th day.

My only goal as of now is to get back to the size I was <3

I have made a few changes in my eating habits as well. I am going to talk about it in my next post.

This post is for myself as well as all those people out there who feel the need to be fit.

Better late than never.

 

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Should I go for a HTML or WordPress website?

HTML is the markup language used to display web pages. They will use HTML, CSS, JavaScript and some other technologies to build your website. CMS software like WordPress use database to store and retrieve content. On the other hand, HTML websites have all your content in static files.

WordPress was once regarded as just a blogging tool but it has quickly become a full fledged content management system (CMS) for professional web designers to create millions of sites across the world.

Static websites (where the data and content do not change regularly) do not require any Web programming or database design. A static site can be built by simply creating a few HTML pages and publishing them to a Web server. Since static Web pages contain fixed code, the content of each page does not change unless it is manually updated by the webmaster, thus dependency on the web developer.

Do you want to launch a business website but not sure how to get started?

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS). Content Management Systems allow YOU to manage your website from a user friendly interface. You can make all the changes on your website from an admin area which is quite easy to understand, even for absolute beginners.

It is important not to confuse WordPress.org with WordPress.com. WordPress, the open source CMS is available on WordPress.org. On the other hand, WordPress.com is a blog hosting service.

 

Advantages of Using WordPress

Easy to Update – You can simply login to your WordPress site and add new pages without paying your developer. WordPress is easy to use and has an intuitive user interface, which makes it easy for you to create or update pages on your site.

Professional Templates – There are thousands of ready-made templates that you can use on your site. These themes are developed by professionals from all over the world.

Incredibly Powerful – WordPress websites can be easily extended with plugins. By installing plugins, you can add any functionality to your existing website such as adding a contact form, adding a reservation system, adding a photo gallery, and more.

Full control and Ownership – You get full control of your website, its domain name, and all its contents. You can make any changes you want, and there is no limit on how much your site can grow in popularity, traffic, sales, and users.

Disadvantages of Using WordPress

Learning Curve – While WordPress is easy to use but it takes a while for most beginners to get familiar with the software. There is plenty of help available to get over this learning curve quickly, but it will take a little effort.

Maintenance – You will be responsible for keeping WordPress, installed plugins, and themes up to date. You can also use managed WordPress hosting who can do this for you.

 

What is a Static HTML Website?

HTML is the markup language used to display web pages. Most websites on the internet use HTML with a variety of markup and scripting languages to create web pages.

Typically you will need to hire a web developer to create an HTML website for your business. They will use HTML, CSS, JavaScript and some other technologies to build your website.

Having said that, Let’s take a look at advantages and disadvantages of a HTML website for your business.

Advantages of a HTML Website

Little to No Maintenance – Once your website is live, you do not need to install any updates or regularly backup. If nothing is changed, you can just backup your website once and forget about it.

Low Requirements – HTML websites don’t need servers with PHP or MySQL installed on them. They can run on cheaper server with low resources. Although We at DiptiK offer PHP and MySQL support.

Disadvantages of a HTML Website

No Updates – Unless you know HTML/CSS, static HTML websites can be very difficult to update for beginners. You will need to hire a developer even for smaller tasks like adding new pages, updating old content, or uploading videos or images.

No Additional Features – If your business grows and you want to add a feature to your website like a store, a survey or poll, a gallery, etc. All of this would require you to hire a developer and in most cases they would recommend you to move to WordPress.

Costs – Considering that you will have to hire people even for smallest tasks, the cost of a HTML website could get much higher than a WordPress website in the long run.

 

What is Better? WordPress or HTML?

Now that we know the pros and cons of both WordPress and HTML websites. Let’s talk about which one is better for your business website.

If you are certain that you will never want to update, change, or add anything new to your website, then by all means go for a HTML website. It will be faster and will serve your purpose.

If you want to have the freedom and control of your website and not waste money on monthly retainers paying developers to add images, then WordPress is obviously the better choice.

For those who want grow their business website to make you more money, then WordPress is the way to go forward.

Using WordPress you can add content to your website without hiring anyone.

You can add a blog section to keep your customers updated, or even build your own email list and keep bringing more customers to your business.

You can call us at 9769727057 or drop in email at diptik@diptik.in for further clarifications.

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Simpler the better

Making design choices for your website can be a daunting task. Sometimes, you’re not sure what’s going on, or what direction to take your web design. Well, that’s where DiptiK comes in.

When you visit a website, the first thing you are looking for is the products/services provided by the company. The next thing, maybe, you like something and want to enquire about it. Next, you may wanna place an order. How easy is it to find what you are looking for? Is it simple or complicated?

Many businesses make the mistake of neglecting usability. Usability is critical for the success of any website and should never be overlooked. Good usability can improve the performance of your website and increase your chances of success. It can also boost sales and revenue for your business.

For your website to successful, it should not only look good but also provide a seamless user experience for visitors. This is why good usability is important. It will set your website apart from your competition.

The objective of a website should be to provide the information to the users in the simplest yet classic way possible. Too much of text can be irritating. Too many photographs may not give you a complete idea. Too many clicks just to reach basic information is not the kind of experience you would want while browsing through a website.

So at DiptiK all that we would want to tell you is, Keep it simple silly!

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