Freelancers like to refer to the frightening, frustrating income style we’ve insanely chosen for ourselves as “Feast or Famine”: Sometimes you’ve got more work than you can shake your sweatpants at, and sometimes checking the mail is the most productive prospect you have for the day.
There will be famine (lots of it), so the important thing is setting up the feast. If no one has given you work to do, you’d better find yourself some work to do, even if it doesn’t immediately translate into income. You chose to be your own boss; sometimes you have to boss yourself around. Until you treat freelancing that way, you’ll probably never be a full-timer.
Here’s what to do once you’ve finished your paid work (always take care of that ASAP) and are looking at a blank agenda for the rest of the day.