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.
Jenn has over 15 years experience writing for others, over 11 years experience in blogging, and 9 years experience in indie e-book publishing.
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