Freelance Reflections 9/26: Dry Spells. A Blessing or a Curse?

Freelancing is much more a hunter/gatherer type venture than the steady dependable 9-5 job. When it’s feast, there’s work everywhere and you can do quite well for yourself, but even the best hunters and lead finders come up empty once and a while.

The last few months have been a FLURRY of hectic activity for me. Clients from every angle, freelance applications here, writing tests there, blogs, calls to potential clients, answering emails, white papers, articles coming out of my ears until…it all abruptly halted Monday.

In fact, it took me a day to realize I didn’t have any major deadlines and that all my clients had paid up and now I was officially in that “in-between” period waiting for my next set of jobs. At first I was nervous. But reflecting on this week I’ve decided that not all dry spells are bad.

In fact, quite the contrary. I think we all need those moments when work just stops. I took a gander around my apartment, and with freelancing, my full time job AND a whole bunch of family events the last few weeks, I hadn’t noticed that…well it needed some TLC. I think it’s so easy to get caught up in work that we forget there’s life in there too.

So this week I’ve cleaned my apartment, gotten my life in order, reminded my friends that I’m alive and well (and even available for drinks and chick flicks!) and will actually be going out Saturday to enjoy my favorite season! And I bet you I will be ready to hop back into the fray Sunday night and start all over again.

So don’t panic if you hit a bit of a dry spell, it may be the universe handing you a chill pill. So grab a glass of wine and take a deep breath. A well rested freelancer is a MORE profitable freelancer.  Here’s to enjoying a well earned rest!


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