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Summer Doldrums? Ask Anne The Pro Writer

Hi, Anne.
I’ve been freelance for nearly ten years now but can’t seem to remember if things are usually really slow in the summer? Has that been your experience? Things seem eerily quiet
right now.
C.

earnie_the_emuHi Anne,

I’ve been freelance for nearly ten years now but can’t seem to remember if things are usually really slow in the summer? Has that been your experience?

Things seem eerily quiet  right now.

C.

Hi C.,

It’s always hard to say for sure and I don’t keep track very well. I do know we’re seeing 5-15 fewer job postings each time right now. Not an all time low for sure, but fewer than a couple of months ago.

Can be a slow time for freelancers, but it doesn’t have to be.

My ghostwriting, for example, seems to be getting the usual steady number of inquiries which is also holding true for another ghostwriting buddy of mine. One other writing friend who writes young adult books under contract has actually seen a slight increase. But note that the three of us are well established on our own niches.

You don’t say what kind of writing you do, but it might make sense to broaden what you offer and to look for new markets – easier said than done, I know.

But if you want to know what I do to keep the clients coming in, it’s simple. I have a strong faith in some sort of a higher power or creative intelligence or benign universe that is really the source for everything. When I remember that’s the source of my well being including abundance and not my clients, things seem to work a whole lot better.

OTOH, one of the writers I mentioned is an atheist, so there you have it. I perceive her as a woman of faith in the way stuff works, but she’d say she isn’t. Go figure.

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  • My business seems to have exploded in the last week, with four new clients and projects still coming in from regular clients, as well. I’m not sure what happened. However, I did have to slightly lower my rates with this economy, and have tried to make up for it by working a bit faster. Oh and I definitely notice that just when I am starting to worry, the clients usually come in just in time, so I’ve learned to trust in God on that one (and some marketing!).
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    • Anne

      Good for you. Now, does anyone know why the traffic to this site was about a third of what it usually is? Was it down? Nobody wants jobs? Strange

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