Turning Slow Time into Go Time

Perhaps you're new to freelancing and you've just starting to ramp up your client work. Or maybe you've hit a recession-prompted slow spot. Could be, you've been super busy for months and only now have a bit of breathing room.

For freelancers, having a bit of spare time can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because, after all, you went out on your own in part because you wanted to control your schedule. A curse because free time means "free" — as in, unbilled — time.

The key is making productive, steady use of that time, taking advantage of the lull in client work to polish your own skills, shine up your portfolio or do that marketing you've been meaning to do. Read on for more tips on turning slow time into go time.