Feast or Famine - How Do I Balance Requests for Work?
November 5,2020 at 1:13AM UTC
I have been doing freelance work on a mostly part-time in the communications field for several years now. Earlier this year I decided to make it a full-time career since I love writing and creating content. While things were a bit slow in the beginning, and I definitely still have that tiny voice in my head that says it could all vanish at any moment. I now find myself with too much work to handle on my own. This is a good problem to have, I know. I was asked to submit proposals for work to several potential clients. I was hoping at least one would come through, and all three did. They are interesting and dynamic opportunities, and I don't want to turn any of them down. Do I hire someone to help me, even though the clients are expecting me to do the work? Do I try to do it all, then run the risk that the quality of my work could suffer and by extension my reputation and future business. Do I try to renegotiate some of my proposals to perhaps reduce the scope of work? I have this (likely irrational) fear that I can never turn down any work because I don't know if more will come my way. Especially when our pandemic-suffering economy is so unpredictable. Would welcome any thoughts and suggestions.
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