In a freelance slump? Here’s how to dig out

by Sue Horner

The independent life has its ups and downs, but in 24 years, I have never hit a slump like the one I’m in now. It’s quiet. TOO quiet.

Knowing that this, too, shall pass, as it always does, I’ve been doing all the right things. This includes an online search to see what other people recommend for digging out of a slump. Here are some of my own and others’ tips:

A new podcast by colleagues at IABC/Ottawa — How to Become an ‘Indie’ Communications Consultant — had a few suggestions for operating as a freelancer that also work to avoid a slump in the first place:

Slumps are a fact of life for entrepreneurs. When you think of it, stepping back from the usual go-go-go pace isn’t a bad thing. In fact, Forbes says that slumps are “the mind’s way of making room for the birth of new ideas,” so why not use the time to recharge your mental and emotional batteries?

And suggests you ask yourself what you can learn from the slump. “What is it telling you? How is it helping you change?”

Have you dug your way out of a slump before? What other tips can you suggest? And, um, if you have enjoyed working with me, would you pass on my name…?


Sue Horner is a writer specializing in internal communications. You can find her online at and on Twitter at .


Posted on May 27, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · · Tagged with: , , ,

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  1. Written by Steve Threndyle
    on May 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm
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    10 calls before lunch. That’s a good one.

  2. Written by Sue Horner
    on June 2, 2015 at 10:33 am
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    Haha, I know. The 10 was “suggested.” I substituted whatever number I could manage. 🙂

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