My clients are terrific—I’m crazy about all of them and mostly, it seems to be mutual because when I send out my notes, I always get a response and at least one of them usually has a project to give me. The dilemma part comes in when I accept a gig from one client and then another offers one and then another. It’s great to be loved and needed, but sadly I have to tell one of them I can’t do their job because overloading would mean not giving my best attention to each project. Turning them down makes me feel like an idiot because I’m the one who sent them notes telling them I’m ready to work. Sheesh! I may need to rethink my marketing strategy.
I’m not the only one with this issue—seems like this happens to all my freelancing buddies about this time of year. We’re all looking around for work, hoping things will pick up, and stressing over how bills will get paid if income drops. But, somehow, although we grouse and stew, work comes along, and then we’re all grousing and stewing because we’re covered up and can’t take a breath.
What I need to learn is how to use the down time constructively, like, say… writing? Rather than fussing and worrying, I should be working on my novels, blogging, checking out other writer’s websites, promoting my books, and catching up on the StoryWonk podcasts. Not griping on the phone to friend Charlie about work being slow, not checking out Facebook or Twitter, and not playing Words with Friends and Trivia Crack on my iPhone. Heck, I could even start my spring cleaning, pull weeds in the gardens, or pick up sticks in the yard.
Nahhh…where’s the fun in that? Hey, Harlene, it’s your turn!