I think I mentioned a month or so ago that my real income in 2013 was the lowest it had been in my adult life. My nominal income was lower than it’s been in decades.
A year ago I started putting out some feelers and I’ve added a few clients. It’s better than nothing but none of my new clients has much potential. Once I’ve started working with a client, I tend to retain the client, well, forever which is something.
At the beginning of the year I thought I’d secured a new client with substantial potential but for one reason or another that hasn’t materialized. It may eventually. We’ll see.
Over the last month I’ve put out more feelers and am beginning to get some nibbles. Last week I received roughly one inquiry or offer a day which is encouraging. It fully supports my belief that my skills remain saleable.
One of the problems I’ve encountered is that I’m not looking for a job. Based on what I’ve been seeing I could get a fulltime permanent job just about any time I wanted one but I don’t want one. I’m looking for work which is a slightly different proposition. My ideal solution would be for some combination of new clients who would give me ten hours of billable work a week over time. That really isn’t much and I would think it would be doable.
My least preferred alternative would be taking a fulltime job. That would leave me unable to serve my present clients towards whom I still feel responsibility.