One of the beauties of working for yourself is that you decide what hours you keep. You’re not tied down to set working hours, and you can sit in your PJs all day if you like. But what do you do when you come across those inevitable dry spells when the clients aren’t sending you work, and your application emails aren’t getting any responses?
Here are four useful tips for keeping freelancers busy during the quiet periods, some of which have the potential to keep money coming in when the work has dried up:
One of the best ways to keep those fingers typing during quiet spells is to write guest blogs for websites. These websites are great for generating traffic for your own website as most sites will allow you to add links in the bio, and if you’re extra lucky, they may even pay you for your troubles. To find websites that accept guest blogs, head to Google and type the name of the niche or subject you want to write for, followed by phrases like ‘write a post,’ ‘guest post’ or ‘write for us.’ You should find that plenty of opportunities for guest posting will become available to you.
Launch a Podcast
It’s interesting that, with all the technological advances in TV and with video content being so easy to produce, radio has made such a huge comeback in the form of podcasting. Almost every niche has a variety of podcasts available, and if you have something to say about a particular subject, why not create one yourself? It may take a while to build an audience, but if you do, it could become extremely lucrative, especially if advertisers come calling.
Online Gaming and Betting
If you’re into sports and online games, you can take advantage of any gaps in your work schedule and have a little gamble. You could spend your free time enjoying a fun casino game while getting that unmistakable buzz from having a bet on the latest football match. Unibet is a great site to visit as they have the best of both worlds, and their football blog covers all areas of the game, making your gambling options less risky than they otherwise might be. Check out their football blog here: https://www.unibet.co.uk/blog/football. If you’re a freelancer who writes about sport and online gaming, you’ll have a gateway into that world, and you’ll be able to write with depth and experience.
When freelancers aren’t busy, it can be easy to start procrastinating. After all, there’s always something good to watch on Netflix. However, it pays to keep busy and to get away from the laptop screen now and then, and to kill two birds with one stone; you can find new clients too by heading to networking events in your local area. Conduct a search on Google or social media and see what is available on those quiet days, and see if you can get down there and mingle. You never know, your next long-term client could be waiting to meet someone like you, so don’t miss out.