When you start out freelancing, it can be very overwhelming. You’ve got to think about a lot of things, what you want to focus on, how you’ll manage clients, what hours to work, how often to bill a client, what rate you’ll charge, etc… the last thing you’re probably worried about is having no freelance work—or is it?
I know that when I first switched from part-time ‘side hustle’ to full-time freelancing, it was something that CONSTANTLY plagued me. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to find clients or maintain the current workload that I had, and end up with no work, no money and loads of bills.
Not something you wanna be faced with as a new freelancer!
While this never eventuated for me, ie, I’ve never NOT had work coming up, I believe there’s a reason why.
Planning. Taking Action. Executing.
In other words, I’m always networking, chatting to my current clients and getting referrals. If I’ve ever stopped and wondered, “how will I pay for that bill next month?” Something has always cropped up.
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But I hear ya—you’re thinking to yourself, “Lise, what the hell?! How does any of this help ME!”
Bear with me, I do have a point… And my point is this. If you want to ensure that you always have work on the horizon, then you need to always be taking action and gobbling up opportunities. Don’t get complacent.
Still, I know that someone, somewhere will tell me that they have had periods of ‘dry spells,’ so here’s what I would do if faced with this situation.
#1: Plan ahead
If you’re busy right now, chances are you’re probably not worried about looking for more work. However, this is exactly when you should look for more work.
Aim to apply for new gigs at least 2-3 times per week.
#2: Spring clean
If you’ve just come off a really busy time, welcome the ‘dry spell’ and take the time to tidy up your business.
Issue invoices, follow up with your accountant. Basically, do all the admin tasks that you’ve put aside until a time when you’re not so busy. Guess what? That’s now!
#3: Don’t slack off
Keep up your normal routines. Get up at the same time, exercise like you would; do all the things you would as if you were crazy busy.
Reach out to your network, better yet, got to some networking events. Meetup.com is great for finding meetings to attend. Take your business card and get out there and work it!
Remember social media? Twitter and LinkedIn are a freelancers playground when it comes to finding clients. If you’ve been proactive and planned ahead, these are the two areas that I would be focusing my attention on.
#5: Update profiles
Update your profiles on Upwork and Freelancer.
Take more tests and while you’re there, apply for more jobs. I can guarantee you’ll have a gig within 7 days, tops.
If there is nothing at all coming up, then get out and do some good. It’ll give you some brownie points and the Universe will reciprocate.
#7: Review your biz model
Take a long, hard look at your business and decide whether you need to change the business model you’re currently running.
Do you need to charge more? Can you expand on your skill set? Is there a new venture you could step into?
#8: Read more
If you haven’t already, grab yourself a copy of “Side Hustle Blueprint: How to make an extra $1000 in 30 days without leaving your day job!” – you’ll find a ton of places to look for jobs there.
#9: If all else fails—take a holiday!
A stay-cation could be just what you need to recharge and refocus.
It’s About Planning Ahead
The bottom line is, you really shouldn’t hit any dry spells if you’ve planned ahead. Remember, a planned ‘dry spell’ is a much better option.
The name of the freelance game is earning consistent income. I can help you with that inside Hustle HQ. It’s a place where you can share your struggles, find solutions, and plan your business for success. It’s perfect for getting your freelancing business generating consistent income, month after month.
Have you had a dry spell? Are you going to be the person that puts me in my place?! Leave a comment below…