“…Now I got them steadily depressin, low down mind messin
Working [as a freelance writer] blues.”
With my apologies to the late, great Jim Croce, there are times when marketing yourself just seems like waayyy too much trouble. It’s not always easy to keep putting yourself out there and keep applying for job postings or pitching potential clients. If you have recently been rejected, it can make the task of looking for work especially daunting.
Looking for your next opportunity is part of a freelance writer’s life. No matter how full your plate happens to be at any moment in time, you need to prepare for the fact that clients who could offer steady work may not be able to continue to do so. You might be ready for new opportunities or decide that a particular client is too difficult or demanding for you to continue working with. Either way, you need to schedule a certain amount of your time for your job search efforts.
During time when you would rather do just about anything else than send out more more query or pitch to a potential client, how do you stay motivated? The trick is to get moving and do something. Divide the task into management chunks. Make a list of potential clients you want to pitch or magazines you want to send queries to and divide the task into manageable chunks. Set a goal of sending out so many each day or week. Decide you are going to answer a set number of ads every day or week. Then do it.
You will be amazed how much you can get accomplished when you take whether you “want” to do the task out of the equation. Like the Nike ads say, “Just do it.” You (and your business) will be glad you did.