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The Feast and Famine of Freelance Work and How to Make it Work For You

If you’ve been a freelance writer for more than a few minutes you’ve probably heard of the feast or famine theory. Basically, when you freelance work will come in ebbs and typhoons. Sometimes you will have so little work that you will curse the day you ever quit your job and became a full-time freelance writer. Other times you will get so much work you will curse the day you ever quit your job and became a full-time freelance writer.
Hey, you’ve got to love this job to stick to it.
So how do you make it through the slow times and the times when you work into the wee hours of the night? Here are some tips:
Try saving as much as you can during the feast so that you won’t have to sing on a street corner for change, or worse, when clients aren’t knocking down your door. As Sting says, “Honey, you don’t have to put out that red light.”
Do something productive that will make you money the next time you are short on clients. Try these slow day ideas.
On days where you have too many clients consider sub-contracting some of the work to free up some time.
Learn to say “no.” One of the reasons you have too many clients may be that you’re charging too little for your time. Don’t be afraid to say no or ask for more money if a client wants you to do a lot for a little.

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