This is Ridiculous

Here I sit waiting to find some more freelance jobs.  I’ll even take data entry at this point.  The worst thing is that I’m pretty sure I will sit for a couple more days with no work and then all the sudden I will get more jobs than I can handle at the worst possible time.  Seems reasonable.

Additionally, the Unemployment Self Employment Assistance program I used ran out and while I qualified for emergency unemployment extension, unless congress does approve it that is now gone.

As I am suffering through trying to find writing gigs, I thought I’d share tips on dealing with slumps that have worked for me in the past.

1. Don’t Give Up

Eventually, unless you are a complete moron, you will find a gig somewhere.  We all go through slumps.  Also, for some reason everything seems to need done at once.

2. Take Advantage of the Free Time

Even though looking for work is as much of a job as working, use the time to do projects of your own.  Write short stories, clean the garage, work on that sewing project, catch up on your reading or even get your love of video games fulfilled.  Applying for writing gigs doesn’t demand a deadline like many projects.

3. Don’t Become Desperate 

I know you are desperate.  For goodness sake, I am desperate.  If I don’t find something soon I will not have money for my 3 day trip to visit my friend in Seattle, I will never be able to leave on my epic road trip and eventually my remaining $40 will run out.  However, desperation leads to desperate acts and soon you will find yourself pounding out blogs for $1.50/500 words.  Even if you are a super fast writer, it isn’t worth it.  Sure data entry sucks but if it pays well, it’s better than working your bum off to not even make enough to buy a bus pass.

4. Don’t Completely Stop Writing    

Getting out of the habit of writing is easy.  Write even if you are blogging (thus this blog post), writing in a journal, posting articles on sites such as Squido, building your portfolio to show potential clients or writing that fictional piece that has been haunting you.  In fact, even if you write some poorly written (or well written) fan fiction, keep writing.

5. Start Some Good Habits

While you are stressing out about not having work, and let’s face it you are probably stressing out, release some of that tension by starting a new daily routine.  Have you been meaning to take up jogging?  Do it.  Once you get into the habit of jogging every day, you can work it around work when you get more gigs.  The good habit doesn’t need to be jogging.  Maybe you want to take a new craft or maybe you want to learn how to cook healthier.  Regardless, try taking your stress out in a healthy way instead of on yourself or loved ones.

Anyway, keep me in mind while I panic, look for gigs and check every 2 hours to see if congress will extend emergency unemployment after all.  As impossible as it may seem, I’m sure I will be overwhelmed with work in a few days.  *sigh*

One thought on “This is Ridiculous

  1. Great tips, Leslie. I could offer a few it’s-always-darkest-before-dawn clichés, but I know you probably know that. You’re doing the right thing, and sooner or later, something good will happen. You have a great writing voice, and you’re doing the work. Good luck!

    P.S. I see in your next post that something good happened, and I’m glad. I hope you’ll be able to listen in to February’s teleclass with Carol Tice–she’ll be talking about blogging and I think it will be relevant for you. Enjoy!