While some personal work might be motivated by passion alone, you could also use the time to create things that will generate passive income. If you’re a designer, you could make fonts or stock images, a writer, an e-book or a project manager, an online course. “Don’t just have one form of revenue,” advises Leicester-based illustrator Brett Wilkinson. “If you have the ability to make something from nothing, then produce products that provide recurring revenue.”
If you’re still left with some time on your hands, it could also be an opportunity to reach out to non-profit, charitable or small-scale organisations you’re drawn to. If it’s a company who wouldn’t usually be able to afford your rates, you could consider volunteering, offering some work pro bono, or at a reduced fee.
However, it is worth noting that carrying out work at a reduced rate, or for free, can leave you open to exploitation and reduce rates across the board. Just be sure you put parameters in place, and ask yourself: Am I financially stable enough to take this on? Do I have a clear idea of how much is involved and what I’ll get out of it? And finally, it’s worth checking that it’s something you care about and has the potential to benefit your work and future projects.