I did a bit of cold emailing (as time permitted, considering I have a very busy toddler), and I have a few warm leads as a result.
I also started a new blog, Marana Unwrapped, both because it’s an interesting topic and it’s a more specific niche. (I consider Crayon Writer to be a more personal blog that also has some universal appeal.) Hopefully the exposure in my community will help me gain more clients, and the niche should attract advertisers also.
So December is my month of looking for freelance gigs, while I also continue looking for another day job.
What’s a freelance gig? Projects I find not by marketing myself, but by perusing freelance sites. Right now I only use Craigslist. With access to cities across the country (and the world, if I choose), I should be able to find some nice side work.
If you’re a single parent or sole breadwinner, how did you get started with your freelance business, and how do you keep on keepin’ on?