Ah freelance downtime, the no-man’s land where Netflix and invoicing collide.

There will always be moments of respite in your schedule, but how do you make the most of it?

1) Dive into online courses:

Ever thought of mastering a new creative tool or learning the latest design trends? Platforms like Skillshare and CreativeLive are treasure troves for courses that can add some serious flair to your toolkit. Look for courses that compliment what you do, adding an extra string to your bow is a great way to open conversations with clients… “You know I do this, but I can also do this now too".

2) Update your portfolio, get noticed:

Finally a moment to breathe and update that portfolio that’s been the same since 2023! Pick your best recent projects and get your portfolio updated. You could also spruce up your portfolio with some fancy certifications. Whether it's graphic design, copywriting, or coding.

3) Attend meet-ups & virtual events.

Networking doesn’t have to be boring! Join virtual meet-ups, webinars, or workshops related to your niche. Not only will you learn something new, but you might just make a new creative buddy (or two). Look out for upcoming Allies events this year!

4) Passion projects for the win:

Remember that idea you scribbled in your notebook ages ago? Now's the time to bring it to life! Dive into personal projects, experiment, and let your creativity run wild. Plus, it's an awesome addition to your portfolio. You can also look at collaborating with other creatives, learn from one another and get a fresh perspective.

5) Brush up on soft skills:

Being a creative genius is fantastic, but don’t forget the soft skills. Communication, time management, and problem-solving are like the secret sauce that makes your freelance journey extra spicy.

So, Allies, let's turn this downtime into your creative playground!
Share your wins, ask for advice, and let's cheer each other on as we become even more awesome together.

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