One thing I discovered this year is that summer becomes a slower season for me as a freelance designer. I’ve never really noticed this before, as spring clients usually melt right into June + July and keep the flow going. But this year was different. Because we went to France and I didn’t want to work while away, I purposely took on less clients going into May, which meant that upon our return in June, my line up was super relaxed.
The thing is, when you freelance … your schedule is never exactly the same. There will be slower weeks, of course, but with that there will also be weeks where you feel buried in work for days on end. At first, I couldn’t help but panic a little bit when those slower days came up. For some reason, I couldn’t get passed the feeling that I needed to work a FULL day, even though there wasn’t enough to do. I would continually refresh my email, open up projects, and feel lost. I essentially sat in my desk chair for far longer than need be.
But guess what?? I’m here to tell you to take advantage of natural breaks within your schedule. Please. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself. Instead of worrying why you’re not as busy, start reading that book you’ve wanted to get into. Run some errands. Play outside. The thing is, there is no way for a freelancer to control absolutely everything that happens during a project. As soon as the client becomes involved, you’re dealing with another person who has a schedule + life separate from yourself. Collaboration and patience is key.
Plus, you never know when those crazy busy weeks will creep up on you! But when they do, you will certainly be glad to have enjoyed those lax days while you could. It’s certainly difficult to get used to the ever changing schedule of a freelancer, but it’ll feel more normal as you go along.