What’s the worst thing that could realistically happen if no more clients wanted to talk to you?
Note above I said realistically so we’re already throwing out all the invented scenarios around becoming destitute and living in a cardboard box for the rest of your life.
The worst thing that could happen if no more clients wanted to work with you is that you go get a job at a coffee shop, or maybe you’d go back to retail or construction.
Maybe you’d downsize in house and cut a car.
The worst thing that could happen is that I’d have to close up my freelance business and go work for an agency.
My family would still love me.
I’d still get to be a good dad.
My bills would still get paid.
So really the big thing that would be bad is something internal. If your business folded then you’d feel like you failed.
That’s a real feeling but it’s not really that bad. It feels bad because you poor so much of yourself in to your business. So much that it feels like your business and you are the same thing.
It’s not kids living on the sidewalk or in slavery.
It’s simply you being smart and when your business work doesn’t you to change course to provide for your family.
You’re going to have weeks that are bad, I have them and any freelancer that says everything is great every day is lying to you.
When that happens, put it in perspective by truly addressing the worst case scenario.
You still have skills that are likely in demand, so go work for someone else.
Really, that’s not all that bad. So don’t let a bad day or two get you down. If days stretch in to weeks then go talk to someone and get some help.
While I don’t love the idea of working for an agency again, my primary goal is to provide for my family.
As long as I can do that, life is pretty awesome.