Greetings from Seattle, the American Ground Zero of the coronavirus pandemic! Yes, both my teens’ schools are closed for 6 weeks. If you’ve been frantically reading up on how to avoid catching coronavirus, remember one important aspect of that process: You also need to prevent coronavirus (and fears about it) from destroying your freelance-writing income.
Right? Let’s go!
First off, let’s all breathe for a minute here and just sit quietly. BIG breath in through the nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Good.
We’re going to get through this. I promise.
Yes, I know the stock markets are crashing, too. But it’s still going to be OK.
How do I know? Because I’ve freelanced through previous economic recessions, most recently in 2009. In fact, I built my freelance-writing biz up to earning six figures during that downturn.
The tunnel has a light — and there’s lots of opportunity for us in bad times, too.
Best way to get through this is to focus your energy on what is within your sphere of control. What you can take action on.
Because there’s no point worrying about the rest. Like Erma Bombeck once said, “Worry is like rocking in a rocking chair — it gives you something to do, but never gets you anywhere.”
What can you do, proactively, to prevent coronavirus from putting a hole in your writing income? Here are my tips: