If I'm going to be completely honest, I have to say that freelancing hasn't been much fun for me over the past few months. There were some external reasons for that. But it also had to do with my work.
I felt like I was stuck in a rut -- the same kinds of projects all the time, and largely for the same clients. When it came to my own sites, they overwhelmingly felt like "work" rather than places I enjoyed spending time. That's how I used to feel about them. And I want that back.
Over the last couple of weeks, I've made some progress. With new site development, I'm focused on sites that are tied to hobbies and my fiction writing (like the three recently-launched sites I mentioned in a previous post on pen names). I'm toying with the idea of reviving the old Freelance Theater audio play series here, or launching other solo audio projects for this or other sites. And I've been cutting back a bit on client work to leave more time for my own projects. I may even opt to leave one of my oldest clients in coming weeks due to some strategic changes I'm not 100% comfortable getting behind professionally.
In other words, I'm slowly trying to bring the fun back to my work, both in freelancing (through new opportunities) and in publishing. It's a slow start, but I have confidence it'll pay off.
I'd love to know how you keep freelancing fun (or if it's not fun for you, why is that?). Is it about the kind of people you work with? The niches you write about? Your process or writing environment? Or something else? Share your ideas for making work more enjoyable in the comments below.
Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.
She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.
Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.
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