Every so often, a freelancer’s life will be punctuated with lots of free time, particularly if you have just started freelancing. So what is there for a freelancer to do while waiting for client responses and project proposals?
Here are 5 productive things to do during that downtime:
Take the time to figure out what’s new in your field
This is particularly helpful for designers, programmers, and SEO specialists in which design, coding, and algorithm trends are rapidly shifting.
Update your portfolio and improve your processes
A downtime should be considered an opportunity to learn something new. Check some YouTube tutorials, enroll in an online course, or learn the ropes of a new software program. Furthermore, an interlude in your freelancing projects is also the perfect time to update your website and social media profiles. When was the last time you updated your LinkedIn?
Archive and create a backup of your work
Save yourself and your work from future digital disasters.
Build or strengthen your network
With no projects to work on, you might want to actively seek and participate in meetups, events, and seminars. Apart from the opportunity to meet potential clients, you will also have the chance to meet wonderful and like-minded folks whom you can contact for future collaborations. Furthermore, you might also want to take this time to explore the outdoors for a dose of inspiration.
Create blog posts in advance
Are you one of those bloggers who haven’t posted in ages due to time constraints? A downtime may help you create and hoard future blog posts! You can show off your latest website project or even talk about a recent trip which inspired your latest design.
How about you? What do you do during a lull in your freelancing career? Share in the comments below!