So, there’s this phrase that comes up all the time on freelancing blogs. You’ve probably heard it. You’ve possibly even used it. If you’re like me, you also detest it. That phrase is “feast or famine.”
“Feast or famine” is used to describe the freelancing phenomenon wherein you either have tons of work to do all at once, or there’s just nothing at all. You might also be familiar with the term “when it rains it pours.” Of course, that also means that there are some droughts along the way.
I hate the phrase “feast or famine” for a few reasons, the first of which is that it’s just plain overused. If you did a search on any given freelance writing blog, it’ll probably pop up. Heck, I’ve already used it three times on this one, and I hate it.
The biggest reason I can’t stand that trite phrase, however, is because IT’S TRUE. Grr. Of course, that’s awesome during those “feast” periods. At those times things are all hunky-dory and stuff. The worst that happens then is that you worry about missing a deadline or maybe even have to manage some extra help for a while.
But the “famine…” Man, that stuff sucks. I hit one of those recently, and I am happy to be on the upside of it. There were some nice aspects, I guess. I had a lot of time to work on a personal project that’s been on the back burner for nearly a year. That was really exciting. On the other hand, I have bills to pay, and puttering around with my little hobby website is not going to write checks. (At least not any time soon.)
It’s time to implement some marketing changes and do what I can to avoid the freaking out I’ve been dealing with over the last couple of weeks. So, as far as I’m concerned, this whole “feast or famine” thing can just go ahead and suck it.