As a freelancer, there are times when we need to generate income immediately. In red alert mode, we need to move quickly to get paying gigs. Ideally, we discover what to do in red alert mode before it happens, but for those of you who are in this zone now, here are ten actions to help you move forward and suppress the panic.
- Since God knows and is in control, anchor yourself by praying for direction.
- Meet with 10-12 people per week, ranging from good friends to people you hardly know, and ask for advice.
- Call past clients and leads to discover if they have any needs you can help with.
- Reach out to people who have referred work your way in the past and let them know your situation and how they can help.
- Keep your inner circle updated on your situation and how they can help you overcome it.
- Attend 2-3 networking events where you can meet numerous people in a short period of time.
- Get exposed on-line by sharing articles, content and ideas on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.
- Blog daily and share links to your blogs with your network. (If you don't have a site signup for a free account on Medium or Wordpress)
- Offer to write a blog for those in your network who have platforms and an audience.
- Slow the bleeding by taking odd jobs, research study groups, or becoming an extra in a feature film.
I've noticed an intrinsic human pattern of four fundamental desires in each of us.
The first is our desire to survive. It's quite simple, we don't want to die. In America, we're definitely insulated from what it truly means to survive, so survival for us is being healthy enough to work so we can generate enough income to pay our bills.
Growing up, I was taught to take a day of the week to rest, release and worship God. For Christians, we call this the Sabbath day. It's so important, it was given as one of the ten commandments to Moses.
"Remember The Sabbath, and Keep It Holy"
Last night, we visited my great grandmother Maude Plunkett after my wife was compelled to go. All 5 of us loaded into the van, and we spent an hour holding her hand and standing beside her.
A few hours later, she died.
We were blessed with the opportunity to see her one last time, in this natural life. We now anticipate the moment when we too will join her in the presence of the almighty.
In the photo above, Maude is seen with our daughter Madison. There is a one hundred and three year difference in age.
While she had an impact on many, she left a powerful legacy in our lives.
- If she had not been born 110 years ago, I would not exist, nor would her children, grandchildren, other great grandchildren, and numerous great-great grandchildren.
- She lived in Atlanta where her wonderful daughter, Judy Kreklow, took great care of her. Her son also lived down the street. If it were not for them, I would never had visited Atlanta in 2004.
- If it were not for their presence in Atlanta, it would be unlikely that Cait & I would have moved to Atlanta in 2005!
Within a year of us moving to Atlanta, Great Grandma turned 100. This celebration is captured in the photo below.
Moving across the country, Cait and I felt as if we were on our own in the first several years in Atlanta. Judy & Great Grandma's house was a sanctuary for me. It was a safe place I could go to escape the difficulties of life and not feel the need to perform or be anything.
I could just be me.
Great grandma would have been 110 on this upcoming February 16th. Interesting enough, her 110th birthday is the due date of our fourth child, Elihu. While grandma endured much suffering in her final moments of life, it is the words of Elihu, from the Bible, that illuminates her inspiring example of enduring this suffering. Elihu had this to say the following about the matter.
"We are [righteous] with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are." - Paul the Apostle.
Through her relationship with Jesus Christ, my great grandmother Maude Plunkett was found righteous before God and now lives in harmony with Him in heaven.
For this reason, we celebrate her passing and new life!
Here's a simple mindset that helps me help my clients.