Ah, the life of a freelancer. My day-to-day existence has been as volatile as the stock market after an S & P downgrade. One day I’m riding high with a project list that even a staff of six couldn’t finish. Then the momentum dips as I wait for the precarious client commitment, or even more exciting, the client comments followed by a need to move the deadline forward.
What a rush. What a challenge. What a crazy way to make a living. But it’s what makes me want to get up in the morning.
Unlike the 9-to-5 (or 6 or 7) days when I used to know what to expect, every day now has its’ own rhythm. And I usually don’t know what that is until I read my morning e-mails. Tucked between my daily Groupon and Living Social deals, interspersed with a facebook friend request or two, I check for correspondence from my ongoing clients.
Lucky for me, I like my clients. And I love to write. Rewriting, well, that’s not as much fun, but it comes with the territory. And, although I usually hate to admit it, rewriting usually makes the work better.
Busy days are easy. Just sit down and get it done.
It’s the not-so-busy days that are the truly creative ones. And tomorrow I will share a few thoughts on what to do to make those days productive, lucrative and, most importantly, fun.
If I’m not too busy. Or too bored.