Freelancing always comes with a huge risk especially if you go for it full-time. Okay, so what do you do if it actually happens to you? Here's what I did:
CRY OUT ALL YOU CAN. PRAY. ACCEPT REALITY.
Umiyak ka lang. It's normal to get hurt, to panic but don't let it get your way. PRAY to God to give you more strength and ask to accept things the way it is. Sometimes you may feel sorry for yourself. Sometimes, you cannot accept it.I guess it's because pride is in my heart and with the wrong mindset that I've been in the industry for so long and have great skills to use so why should I lost projects. But in reality, it's not really about your tenure and skills. Accept the reality that at some point in our lives we will be tested. Accept the fact that we are not in control.
Once you accept it, get over yourself and think about God's promise that he will never leave us nor forsake us. God is in control.
DO NOT GIVE UP
Keep on applying for more projects. I expanded my job marketplaces to other platforms like PeoplePerhour.com and fiverr.com.
WORK ON YOUR OWN PROJECTS
Since I have a lot of free time, I work on my personal website. See, I am writing a new blog post :). I am busy working on my 2 blogs and working as well on my affiliate marketing project.
VOLUNTEER FOR SOME WORK
Volunteer for some projects that will help you create a portfolio and can offer you for x-deal opportunities. It could also be a great way to expand your network. Right now, I am working on a website of a professional host and wedding event coordinator in exchange for referrals and promotion to her own network.
REACH OUT FOR YOUR NETWORK
Don't be shy to reach out to your network and see if there is anyone who could help. They could refer you for projects and put in a good word for you. Who is this network? These are the people you have a personal connection with on your freelancing journey.
Yes, we may lose clients but let us think of it as an opportunity in some way. An opportunity that will help us improve on the way see things in life and the better way to manage our freelancing career.
In this season, I am reminded that :
- God loves me so much not to disrupt me.
- God shakes me up from familiarity so I will seek him more.
- The rejection I got was drawing me closer to God so I can totally depend on him.
There is the pain, there is heaviness, the desire to quit but don't be discouraged. Keep on moving! We will soon land again with a new project.
THE ULTIMATE TEST OF FAITH IS NOT HOW LOUDLY YOU PRAISE GOD IN HAPPY TIMES BUT HOW DEEPLY YOU TRUST HIM IN DARK TIMES.
How about you? What do you do when you lose a freelancing work?