I’m in a very strange position for the month of October. Today is the 4th of the month and I have finished 98 percent of my workload.
Yes, that means I am just about done with my month of work about 4 days into the month.
This is due to a number of factors. First, maybe it’s an early birthday present as I head into my 30s later this month. Second, it’s a sign I’m still hovering on the fence between the writing markets I’m courting and I need to push myself over one side. And third, it’s most definitely a result of many of my clients pulling back to reorganize the type of work I do.
I can choose to be terrified by that fact (and I’m sure somewhere deep down I am), but in reality this is something I’ve gotten used to. So long as I meet that minimum budget number that’s peeking around the corner of November 1 (and I almost have), I have learn to live with it.
At any given month, my business is at the mercy of God (sending me to people who need me, sending people I need to me) and my work ethic (the gumption to find the business and ask for it, the energy and determination to follow through on every promise).
Some months that means busting at the seams, and some months that means pulling up my list of lower-priority things I need to do that I always push behind the billable hours. And every month it means I could “drag out” a month’s worth of work to the end of the month… or I can keep it together and deliver on a tight schedule to make room for what’s to come.
So, next week, when I finish the rest of this month’s work on Monday, I’ll invest a day or two in sending out pitch parties, rewriting my business website copy, and putting into action a few projects I’ve had on the back burner for a while now. There won’t really be a slow period because I will fill it with other necessary things.
And maybe that’s the biggest lesson about the freelance ebb and flow: you have to make it flow when it ebbs, and make it ebb when it flows, or you’ll go crazy three days in.