What to do when your ‘feast’ has turned to ‘famine’

Posted on: April 15th, 2013

When you’re freelance, you need to get used to the feast and famine syndrome. One month you are so busy, you aren’t sure how you can cope with the workload and the next there isn’t a sniff of work on the horizon.

And, no matter how well you try to plan your schedule, you will always get a feast followed by a famine. Regular workloads that keep you ticking along just nicely never seem to happen.

The natural reaction when you enter a period of famine is to panic. But remember the old adage of ‘what you focus on you get more of’. So try not to panic.

Here are some things you could do when you’re not sure where the next project is going to come from:    

How do you handle the feast and famine syndrome?

Posted on: October 27th, 2011

Every freelancer experiences the feast and famine syndrome. One minute you’re swamped with work and not sure how to cope. The next, you have no idea where the next project is coming from – or how to pay your monthly bills.

You can’t avoid the feast and famine experience, but here are a few tips on how to mitigate the effect:

1. Find ongoing projects – rather than one-offs. So, as a writer, for me that means targeting clients who need a monthly newsletter or a series of case studies/press releases. Even annual reports are ongoing, as they come round once a year.

2. Secure a retainer. When I did PR, I was on a monthly retainer with all my clients, so I always had a regular amount coming in each month.