I've come up against a hard question lately. I know I'm juggling too many things, and I'd like to be able to focus on some of my other projects, such as finishing and self-publishing my novel, and working on building my doll business.
At the same time, I've lost a couple of regular clients over the course of this year. I am seeing fewer jobs on the freelance platform I'm using, and have reason to believe they're on the verge of going under, which will take with it my last remaining regular client.
I was planning to start marketing heavily and transition away from using said platform once NaNoWriMo was over, but I've been tossing around some other ideas as well.
One possibility is to take a hiatus from writing freelance entirely, and focus on finishing my novel and getting it self-published. All of that will require a good deal of work, plus I still have some other projects I'm juggling, so I expect not to have it published until mid-year next year. Taking a break from freelancing would mean one less thing on my plate, which would hopefully allow me to finish those projects sooner.
Another possibility is to change what I do. Right now I'm building (within the provided software) and writing a website for the stables where I board my horses, and I'm enjoying it very much. It's as much visual design as it is writing, and I find the combination very satisfying. I was thinking last night that I'd enjoy specializing in something like that. Maybe I could offer blog packages or ongoing blogging as part of my website services.
I haven't decided yet what, if anything, I want to change. I may just keep things the same through the holidays, and give myself some time to think it through before making changes early in the new year.
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