3 Easy Ways for Freelancers to Defeat Creative Slumps

Are you battling against the dreaded creative slumps? No judgment if you are, it happens! With all the challenges we face every day it’s bound rear its ugly head at one point or another.

Thing is, as a freelancer you have to find ways through these times where inspiration seems scarce.

Because you’re not writing (or whatever) for fun. This is your business. Or side hustle. Whatever, it’s the thing you’re doing for money so unless you’ve built in “writer’s block” days then I don’t know what to tell you.

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Here are three easy ways for defeating the dreaded creative slumps

And by the way, you may be experiencing a slump in general. These tips will translate! With the ebb and flow that is the freelance writer’s workflow experience, there can be work slumps, productivity slumps, emotional blocks and what have you.

Shake up your services

Sometimes you can find yourself in a rut because your work is repetitive. Maybe you’re bored. In that case, it might be time to shake up your workload!

Think about the type of work you’re doing, and the type of work you’d like to do. Compare those lists—do they overlap?

If not, see what you can do about moving some of the work you’d like to do into your work you are doing list and see if that doesn’t fire you up.

Look at your pricing

I know this seems counterintuitive or, like, not related but hear me out. You may be losing interest in your projects because you’re not charging enough.

Think about it.

Think about the work you’re doing, and the prices you’re charging. Are you excited? You should be.

When pricing your freelance services, it’s important for you to have a complete understanding of what you bring to the table, what your income needs are and what you want to spend your time working on.

If you’re feeling a bit “ugh” about your work lately…take a look at your prices. It might be time for a raise.

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Banish creative slumps through interesting promotions

Sometimes snapping out of a creative slump is as simple as doing something fun and flashy. Why not a fun social media promotion?

Yeah, it’s wild, right? But people love free things and it can be super fun to run a giveaway that people are excited about. You’ll feel the love from followers and you may even stretch some muscles you haven’t used in a while by putting together giveaway copy for your various platforms.

Running a giveaway for a small gift or even an ebook is a great way to encourage people to engage with you and your brand.

When deciding on what you should give away, think about who your clients are and what kind of things that they would benefit from or be interested in.

Another approach is to offer your clients a special promotion or limited-time package deal like three case studies for the price of two, or the fifth article is free when you book in advance or some such.

Have a bit of fun, see if you can light that spark again.

Reach out to your network 

The freelance life can feel lonely, and even more isolating nowadays but here’s the truth: you are not an island. You need other people.

Learning how to network can feel intimidating but it’s so important to your freelance business! (Yes, even if you’re an introvert!)

Having a strong, supportive freelance network offers a so many benefits.

A few of which include commiseration, referrals, moral support, mentorship and advice!

Don’t underestimate the value of a network. Not only can colleagues who understand what you’re going through help you break free from creative slumps, it will likely expand your client base and help you earn more money!

Are you battling against the dreaded creative slumps? No judgment if you are, it happens! With all the challenges we face every day it's bound rear its ugly head at one point or another. Thing is, as a freelancer you have to find ways through these times where inspiration seems scarce. Because you're not writing (or whatever) for fun. This is your business. Or side hustle. Whatever, it's the thing you're doing for money so unless you've built in "writer's block" days then I don't know what to tell you.

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