Multiplying time (I wish) 23:00 on Tuesday

One of the problems anyone working for hire will probably face is that often there’s no way to predict when work will come in. It’s quite easy to take care of this problem financially, but time allocation can be more puzzling.

During the last week or two I have had to face this problem in quite a concrete way, with three client projects starting off and two requests for proposals coming in simultaneously. Each of the projects has been on the radar for a long time, the oldest since January. Add to this my hobby projects (namely Softys) and time management starts to feel like juggling.

Although I would be happy to invoice for four projects at the same time, there’s only one of me and I need to divvy up my time. Any ideas or best practices how to handle a situation like this?

3 Responses to “Multiplying time (I wish)”


  1. Jasmo Says:

    It’s weird but usually it goes just like you explained. First you’ve nothing to do. You try to survive. Then you see few opportunies. You try to get them..

    Within week or two you notice you’ve more work you’re able to do in a year. How did that happen?

    It’s weird. But that’s how it goes. It’s irritating.

  2. peejii Says:

    You have to outsource my friend. Find a few people who can help you with the project overflow. Other freelancers. ;)

  3. Niko Says:

    Are you saying someone could replace me? ;)

    It’s hard to outsource ActionScript work because there are not many scripters around and the jobs that require thinking I love to do myself. Visual and dev work… maybe.