How To Survive A Slow Freelancing Week

Day 194/365: It’s been a slow week here, let’s get that panic mode started and then ended again…

It’s been a slow week for me. It’s been the first work week after the 2-week vacation I took at the end of June. I knew this was going to happen, that I’ll be having a slow week or two after my holiday, but somehow the whole slow pace kind of turned me down.

After you get used to having to work extra time and doing so for 6 months straight, having a slower week can be cruel on you. You want to work some more, but you have no new projects. You look for projects and clients to propose to, but all you can find are small jobs.

You end up with a lot of thinking in your mind and not a lot of work in your Docs. This is why, when you’re having a slow week, it’s imperative to work on your side projects. Yes, you’re still searching for that whale client. Yes, you’re still doing some job that will pay the bills. But you need activity, productive activity, which is why you can do some side work.

  1. Work on your books/courses — I’m now almost done with my course about freelancing and writing. I’ll be releasing it close to the 200-day mark of this year-long challenge. It’ll be cheap and extremely informative. This slow week let me finish it as a first draft. Now I’m on to editing it;
  2. Improve your profiles/website — When you don’t have a lot of work on your hands, remember that your image online is important and might, in fact, be the reason why clients sometimes ignore you. Edit your profiles on Upwork or Fiverr, add information on LinkedIn or Facebook and even go ahead and change stuff on your personal website. It pays off for sure;
  3. Pitch new possible clients — I never overpitch. I’m better off without having 5 clients that pay nothing than having to wait for the client that pays for a month. I’m cool with that. Patience, it’s all about patience in life and especially in freelancing. If you’re not patient to pitch the good clients, don’t even bother starting a freelancing business. The good clients are hard to find, but nevertheless, you shouldn’t settle for the mediocre ones.
  4. Slow down — What’s better to do when you have no power than to rest? What’s better to do when you feel like reading than to read? What’s better to do when you’re having a slow week than to slow down? Slowing down might sound hard on a Monday or a Wednesday. It’s unnatural and it inevitabily leads you towards thoughts of despair, poor productivity and low income. But slowing down usually solves these problems. I don’t know how or why, but it just does. Try it!

That’s about it for today. I’m not saying this was a bad week, as I still got enough work to do in order to earn me some money and not kill myself mentally. It’s just been a slow one, which I guess it’s normal after a two-week break. I’ll get back on it on Monday for sure. I’ll be patient and I’m sure things will order themselves out starting next week.

P.S.: As I was writing this, I just got news two of my past clients will be hiring me starting on Monday. We’re talking medium to large projects here. Patience, my friends, it’s all about patience!

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