A Day In The Life of a Freelance Content Manager - Soulful Mandy
A Day In The Life of a Freelance Content Manager
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A Day In The Life of a Freelance Content Manager

Hey! My name is Mandy and I’ve been a freelance content manager for about 2 years. I work with real estate and tech industries and help them catapult their content marketing plans and strategies to a new level. If this was a YouTube video, it’d be super cheesy and would probably involve at least one breakdown as I try to chase up one of my clients who goes through stages of hibernation – but I wanted to show you what a day in the life of a freelance content manager is actually like.

A Day In The Life of a Freelance Content Manager

I love what I do – but I’d lie if I’d say that this is easy work. So enjoy this little confession as I sit here and avoid filing my tax return for as long as possible (this blog post is a part of my procrastination plan).

A Day In The Life of a Freelance Content Manager

  • 6AM – Up and at ‘em!

6AM is my PR version, but my winter version’s been more like 8-9AM. Don’t judge. I get up, do my usual stuff I do every single day. Shower, some gentle stretching, meditation, I hit the gym, and basically mess around until 10AM. As a rule to make sure I have some ‘me time’ and have a balance, I try not to do any work before 10. During this time, I also check my calendar to see everything I have to do for today. I also overdose on coffee. 

  • 10AM – Work time

I grab a cup of coffee from the shop downstairs from my apartment building and head over to the co-working space, where I usually work 3/7 days per week.

Here’s what I usually do in a day:

  • Check Trello updates for one of my clients
  • Check Slack updates (all of my 5 long-term clients are currently on Slack, which is amazing).
  • Start going through my to-do list, which usually includes:
    • Write at least 2 blog posts for various clients
    • One 2000+ word entertainment script for YouTube (which includes research and watching various TV shows to make sure I know I’m writing about)
    • Spend some time going through content marketing trends and see if I can adapt it to any of my clients
    • Check in with all of my clients about priorities for the week (I usually do this on a Sunday)
    • Schedule meetings (I try to have at least one phone call for a client per week to make sure we’re all on the same page)
    • I create relevant social media posts, which includes making animations for Instagram stories.
    • I watch Leah Remini’s Scientology show in the background

A Day In The Life of a Freelance Content Manager

  • Work breaks

I usually take work breaks during the day and focus on either personal skills, or I go out for a walk / go to central London / take a dance class or a gym class. What I’m currently working on:

  • My illustration skills (enrolled in a Udemy course)
  • After Effects skills (to boost my social media production)
  • Photoshop editing skills (shameless self plug – follow me on Instagram!)
  • I spend at least 30 min analysing marketing strategies
  • I spend an hour on Hootsuite for my personal social media

6-7PM – work is finished

And that’s about it! I usually put in about 50 hours of work per week, which also includes work on improving my skills for the future. But after 7PM, I make sure I have time for myself – this usually includes a meditation class or yoga, and hanging out with people from my apartment building.

  • 11PM – bed

I’m boring and old, so I tend to be ready for bed by 11PM on a good day. I stick to the routine I’ve had as a full time in-office worker and make sure I stick to reading a book rather than being on my laptop all day and all night long. I also make sure I turn on my air diffuser and bring some essential oil therapy into my apartment.

A Day In The Life of a Freelance Content Manager

As I’m currently settling down and getting ready to go back into full time work, I’m not doing much travelling. However, if this was a year ago, I’d probably go on a weekend or a week-long getaway somewhere whenever I wouldn’t have much work to do. It’s an exciting life, really 😉

And that’s it for a day in the life of a freelance content manager! Want to become a freelancer? Make sure to check out my other posts on how to get your first Upwork clients and how to become a digital nomad.

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