If you work at a traditional job, this might not be your natural reaction when someone gives you a new project, but if you are a freelancer or an entrepreneur—or think like one—a day when you get more work is a day for smiling.

Why is more work better?

Well, to begin with the obvious, for a freelancer, more work = more money, but there is more to it than that. When you are developing your own business and a client list, every project is an opportunity to:

  • Deepen your skillset
  • Use your creativity to solve a problem
  • Prove yourself
  • Enhance your portfolio
  • Make valuable network connections
  • Get free word-of-mouth advertising

A busy freelancer is a happy freelancer. Probably also a tired freelancer, but the benefits of working long hours are greater than the costs.

How to get busier?

  • Stay connected—don’t let relationships with past clients lapse. Even if they don’t have a new project for you, maybe someone they know does.
  • Keep your portfolio up-to-date and easily accessible—you never know when or where someone will ask to see your work.
  • Register with a recruiting company which places freelancers—a recruiter can help you broaden your client base while making it easier to get paid on time.

Being a freelancer makes me happy every day: it suits my family, my temperament, and my skills. And more work always makes me smile!

Wendy Stackhouse, for Artisan Creative