Early last week a client canceled a major contract with me. I’m still fuzzy on exactly what went wrong, but things do in freelancing. Since I usually work with individuals rather than corporations my contracts include a cancellation clause allowing either party to cancel with 14 days written notice. This is the very first time a client has fired me without any prior indication of trouble. And I mean no warning at all.
Well, that’s not quite true. The day before I got the official letter from my now ex client I’d been a party to a tearful conversation that I’d had to leave in order to meet with another client. I thought we’d agreed on… oh heck, it doesn’t matter what I thought.
The other client, who has been a client and a friend of mine for years, put me on a small retainer so we can again get some writing work. And I thought we were just having coffee.
Later in the week someone I didn’t know called out of the blue and hired me as a coach. Another finalized a coaching contract and yet another client from the passed asked if I could begin coaching her again in January. Finally yet another client from the passed wants me to do some work.
These new and old clients don’t totally make up the lost income, but when I added it all up and created a new spending plan I was pleasantly surprised.
Then I got really honest with myself. For much of this year I’ve been wanting to change directions. I’ve wanted to do less ghostwriting and more of my own writing, probably in blog form. And of course, a re-issue of Powerfully Recovered! and work on the new book that’s rattling around in my head… you know, all those things we think we’d rather be doing.
Now I have the chance to do just that, the writing I’d rather be doing. How about that?
Life often turns out way better than I expect.
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