If you work from home as a freelancer, you will already know that there will be times when you are in between projects. It would be nice if new jobs and projects followed on straight away after each other, but that won’t always be the case. This downtime shouldn’t be spent relaxing too much, though, as it’s important that you are applying for new work and trying to seek out some new clients. But that’s not the only way you should be using all of this spare time.
Are you currently waiting for your next project to come along? Here are some ways you can spend your time while you wait.
Take An Online Course
As a freelancer, it’s always a good idea to continually develop your skills and knowledge so that you are always employable. There are various ways you can do this, but the easiest thing is to sign up for an online course that you can take at home. From corporate IT training to leadership skills, I’m sure you will be able to find a course in the skills you need to improve. There are quite a few free online courses out there, but most will need to be paid for.
Sort Out Your Accounts And Bookkeeping
While you don’t have much work on, it’s often a good idea to take a look at your financial accounts and bookkeeping. It can be easy to neglect these while you are busy with work, but now that you are quiet, it is the perfect time to get sorted. You might just want to update your budget or latest accounts, or book a much-needed meeting with your accountant.
Update Your Online Profiles
It’s always important to keep any online profiles up to date. This is especially the case with LinkedIn and any others that could bring you new clients. If your details aren’t up to date, then no one will be able to get in touch with you when they have some work for you! So, be sure to regularly update them whenever anything changes. It’s also important to keep your social media profiles current as some people might use these to contact you as well.
Reconnect With Old Clients
When you aren’t too busy with work, you should drop a message to any of your old clients who you haven’t worked with for a few months. This will let them know that you are still in business and are available for some new work. It’s always good to keep in touch with clients and companies who you have previously worked for as you never quite know when they might reach out with more work for you!
Write Some Articles
Even if you aren’t a professional writer, you might still want to write some articles about your profession or industry and publish them on the likes of Medium. This is all part of your content marketing and could attract new clients.
Hopefully, you aren’t too bored during your future downtime!