+$The number of freelancers is on the rise, and that can only be a good thing (for our advice on taking the plunge, check out+$The Ultimate Guide to being a Freelance Designer+$). But there's a problem. However great we designers are at the actual task in hand, we share a number of common struggles: staying organized, prioritising the earning of money, and planning our workload.
+$A new potential fix for these problems, the+$Freelancer Planner+$, is currently funding on Kickstarter. Quite simply, "it's the first planner specifically designed to make freelancers more efficient and profitable," claims founder Michelle Nickolaisen.
+$"As someone who's been freelancing for years, I've seen these problems send my friends and colleagues diving headfirst into severe burnout and I want to help other freelancers avoid them," she adds.
+$The planner will come with a guide that walks freelancers through how to get the most from it, while also avoiding common problems such as overestimating client slots on a weekly basis and setting realistic income goals, etc.
+$"As we move more and more towards a flexible gig-economy that relies on freelancers, it's absolutely crucial that freelancers learn how to be good business owners as well as talented designers (or writers, and so on)," says Nickolaisen, a product designer based in Austin, Texas. "It's my hope that the Freelancer Planner can help with that."