On Being Fine With Less

Day 240/365: Here’s how to go by a harsh month

Photo by Sara Kurfeß on Unsplash

For the past 7 months, I’ve been doing a lot of freelancing work for people all over the world. I began by charging $15 per hour but then had to charge more and more to cover my expenses and manage my demand.

The results have been great. I managed to travel, buy some new stuff, refurbish the living room and the kitchen and put some money away to go to Egypt next month.

In August though, things have been almost disastrous. Don’t get me wrong, I still managed to make some money for food, rent and basic needs. Comparing it to the last 7 months, it was definitely harder.

It’s interesting.

I began the year with nothing. Zero dollars. Nada.

I managed to get to a great income in about 3 months. And now, after having a rough month, because it’s August and, you know, people go on vacation in August, I’m having a hard time being ok with having no money.

That’s crazy!

The most intelligent thing you can do when you have a slow month is to be slow. Spend slower, work slower, move slower. Take your time. Don’t rush into wanting to get more money, more jobs, more stuff. There’s no way you can do that if the month is as it is.

Sit back, relax, be grateful for the previous great months and take it slowly. For me, things got back on track right away and I am not comfortable that my clients have come back and I’m doing more work and getting a good pay from it. It all works out if you’re patient.

Patience, the most important thing a freelancer can learn.

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