You did it! You鈥檝e successfully transitioned from full-time to freelance work, and you鈥檙e rocking that #girlboss badge proudly. It feels so good to be in charge, especially if you were constantly getting super mad at your old boss. But even if you鈥檙e 100 percent confident in your hot freelancing skills (as you should be!), there鈥檚 still room for doubt and stress to creep in. It鈥檚 only natural you鈥檒l experience freelancing woes from time to time, so we chatted with two successful freelancers, personal stylist Sydney Lester and photographer & social media manager Bree Davis, to get some tips on how to combat the most common freelancing hardships.

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1. Treat yo鈥 self. Lester observes, 鈥淲ithout a boss, you may no longer get office accolades, so raise a glass of Champagne or take the afternoon off when you reach your goals.鈥 You can also attach specific rewards to certain milestones to stay motivated and on target. Take yourself for a manicure if you wrap up all your work by 5pm every Friday, and plan a vacation for once you鈥檝e secured a certain number of stable clients.

2. Find your tribe. Freelancing can be a lonely and isolating venture, if you let it. To stay engaged, check group-oriented websites like Meetup to network and connect with new people in your industry. 鈥淪urround yourself with a supportive community,鈥 Lester suggests, 鈥渙ne where you can vent, vet or test ideas and know you aren鈥檛 the only one with freelance woes.鈥 You鈥檒l be amazed at how much better you feel after chatting over coffee with a fellow freelancer once a week.

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3. Don鈥檛 forget to work on your fitness. When you鈥檙e self-employed, it鈥檚 easy to let early mornings slip into late afternoons without so much as standing up from your desk to stretch, so it鈥檚 imperative to schedule active time. Go for a walk around the neighborhood, hit up the gym or take a class with your BFF. Like Davis says, 鈥淎ctivating your body can help jog your brain out of a mental rut or find a new perspective for the job at hand,鈥 so get sweaty!

4. Trust in the universe. If you feel like giving up 鈥 and you will feel like giving up at some point 鈥 Lester shares that 鈥渟omething always happens when I鈥檓 at my lowest that turns the tide: a new client books, an old client comes back, a paycheck comes in or a new idea is sparked.鈥 So don鈥檛 allow a temporary lull to be a permanent decision-maker.

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5. Keep work at work 鈥 especially when you work from home. Hustle is a major key to slaying the freelancer life, but that doesn鈥檛 mean you should work around the clock. Set hours for yourself. If you work best at night, use your mornings as personal time! 鈥淩espect your weekends,鈥 Lester advises. 鈥淥therwise you鈥檒l never make room for rest or new ideas.鈥

6. Invest in new gadgets. Depending on your industry, it may be worthwhile to invest in upgraded camera equipment, a faster computer, a larger hard drive or a professionally designed website. You鈥檒l make that money back with all the new clients you鈥檒l be able to serve, and these purchases are tax deductible too.

7. Don鈥檛 neglect your #OOTD. Taking a shower and getting out of your pajamas & into 鈥渞eal鈥 clothes is an important morning ritual for many freelancers, even if they鈥檙e only commuting to the dining room table. It sets a productive tone and makes you feel polished (even as you鈥檙e polishing off a bag of chips).

8. Pimp your ride. Once Davis became a freelancer, she became meticulous about keeping her car clean. She explains, 鈥淚 spend a LOT of time in my car [going from client meetings to photoshoots], so having that space be tidy and spacious for whatever I might be loading in is important.鈥 Plus, if you鈥檙e meeting clients or picking someone up, you鈥檒l want your car to reflect your professional self.

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