Be kind to yourself first and foremost. As freelancers, we’re out there putting in work all the time, and sometimes putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves. Additionally, be kind to others. You have no clue how far that could go and the relationships that could blossom from those moments.
There are people out there who are ready to connect and help you. It may be someone you’ve met briefly in the past, or someone you’ve met through a mutual friend or connection. You must take some time to try and meet new people and invest time in building with them. They could be the reason you get that next big opportunity, resulting in a new project or renewed effort.
Sometimes, the reality is that you haven’t worked hard enough to get to that next level. Alternatively, it may be the way that you’ve been working or how you’ve tried to navigate a problem. With that in mind – take some time out and try and look at your situation from a different angle. Maybe change your website, create contracts for new clients instead of sending casual emails outlining the relationship. Put time into doing your invoices and plotting out agendas prior to a big meeting. Working smarter may save you a lot of time.