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Three Ways to Fill Empty Time as a Freelance Writer

Just like most careers, when you work as a freelance writer there are going to be “busy times” and “slow times.” When things are busy it is safe to say that your head is spinning as you move from one project to the next. On the other side, when your writing slows down you may find yourself looking for something to do.

The last thing on your mind should be taking a break. Instead, you should use this downtime to your advantage. Here are three ways to fill empty time as a freelance writer:

1. Get ahead on your work. For example, you may have a project that is due three weeks from now. Why wait to finish it off? If you have downtime now, finish the project and send it to the client early. Not only will this clear the work from your plate, but it will give your client a sense of satisfaction. On top of this, they may immediately send you more work.

2. Market your services. If you have nothing else to do, this is one task that can always keep you busy. From making cold calls to working on your website and everything in between, when you market your business you are doing what you can to take your earnings to the next level.

3. Work on a blog. It does not matter what you write about, as long as you write something. Although most people are familiar with my freelance writing blog (the one you are reading right now) I have many others spanning a variety of subjects. In addition to giving me another place to publish my thoughts, several of these blogs earn good money through advertising.

When you have time to spare, don’t sit back and wait for things to pick up. Instead, work on one or more of the tasks detailed above.

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