The other week I went on vacation, and I did pretty well at following my own advice. But I had a big proposal due for a potential client the day after my vacation ended, which I would be presenting in person, and I hadn't been able to get it done before I left. I had also recently started working with another new client, and I wanted to make sure that I kept up with their editing needs while I was away, since we were just a few weeks into our work relationship. So in between time exploring Newport, RI, hanging out with my partner's family, a mandatory daily nap, and spending the final weekend at a music festival, I managed to carve out enough time to get that work done.
And lo and behold, it paid off. I presented my proposal and landed the new client. And suddenly, just like that, I was booked up. At least when it comes to my steady, 5-10 hour/week contracts; I'm still available to take on a la carte assignments, but between my larger freelance clients and my daytime gig, my roster is officially feeling full.
This is not me bragging, but rather leading up to two things:
1) Sometimes putting in that extra bit of work, even when you'd much rather be lying by the pool, is very much worth it. We can strive to be "perfect" at everything, including how we spend our time off, or we can be realistic and accept that sometimes you can't control the timing of important opportunities, and you're just going to have to mash things together.
2) If you've ever been in doubt, now you'll know that this blog is really here to support you, my readers. I'm not going to disappear just because my Complete Content Suite client list is currently full. In fact, I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to start delving deeper into the topic of freelancing and self-employment, and to create more content through the lense of my own personal and career experiences.
This is just a quick pop-in this week to share that news, but I'll be back again next week with a new post. See you soon!