It’s been a minute since my last blog post. We’ve gone through Halloween and Thanksgiving (and some other stuff in between), but it’s time to return to the posts! In this industry, it can be really easy to lose track of time, so this blog post will help get some of that time back.
As you could have guessed from the title, there is a lot of hot and cold in this industry. When the flood gates are open and the getting is good, you have to be able to sit down and put in 8-12 hours in front of your computer. The reason being, even by as early as the next day, you may be sitting there with nothing to do. Nothing to do sounds pretty sweet, but when you got bills to pay, nothing to do is a death sentence.
I worked in the restaurant industry tending bar and waiting tables throughout my twenties, essentially working for tips. If you think every day will be Friday and Saturday night, you will believe that money is endless. If you believe every day will be Monday afternoon, you will quit and find new work immediately. The reality is that you HAVE to work EVERY Friday and Saturday to make up for the Mondays.
In this industry, it’s not that simple. Fridays and Saturdays could be on Monday or Tuesday. What’s more is that they can be six, seven days straight. But if you don’t have the discipline to sit down and do the work when it’s there, you may log in to find that the well has dried up, and now it’s six, seven days straight of no work.
If you haven’t gotten it yet, this industry does not abide by any schedules. There are ebbs and flows, and my suggestion to anyone becoming an independent contractor in this field is to take on several clients. It’s okay if some are full-time and others are part-time, but there are dangers to having all of your eggs in one basket, especially when the fridge is empty and you don’t have any eggs at all.
Speaking of which, I have to get back at it. Leave some comments below about ways you power through the busy time and how you keep your sanity in the slow days.
“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.” – Alain de Botton