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Single parent w/ 2 young kids & a mortgage and recently decided to pursue FL vs FT work after being laid off. A month in, loving it & finding myself very busy. Is this a honeymoon phase?

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It never does. Freelancers are the first to go in terms of budgets. Been freelancing over ten years, be prepared with 2-3 mo at least of expenses.

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Focus on client retention and making sure you show them value beyond what’s asked from you. Expect slow times. Freelance ebbs and flows. Be like water my friend.

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I’m FL in LA as well. There are a lot of us, but I’ve been as consistently booked as I want to be this year. I always worry about the next thing though

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Sorry to hear that, ACD1. I hear it’s slow during summer so hopefully it picks up for you soon

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(Cont) I have a healthy savings account and retirement accounts I could tap worst case, but I’m wondering if I’m being naive thinking the work will keep up?

Are you finding you’re netting out at close to what you were making as FT, annually?

@OP what market are you in and where are you finding you’re gigs. Thinking about going FL in the near future bc there are rumblings if layoffs coming.

@SD1 I’m in Los Angeles and have found the 3 gigs I’ve worked so far and the 2 potential gigs I’m in talks for through my network. But, if you’d asked me 2 months ago if I had a strong network I would have said no - you’ll be surprised how many people start calling when you go FL (assuming you’ve been at this for a while)

It’s been really slow for Creatives in LA. Glad someone is finding work regularly.

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