77 ways to be productive in-between client work
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It can be tough those first few days when you don’t have work, especially if your business has just been going gangbusters.

My first dry spell was about a month after I launched my business. The initial work had come and gone and now I was left wondering what to do next. I reminded myself that this down time was normal and instead of stressing out I should use this time to be productive: to recoup, write, find new clients and market my business.

So I’ve pulled together 77 things that you can do when you have a spare 5 minutes or even a whole day without client work. I’m 99% confident all of them will keep you feeling productive, happy and looking fabulous online. Why? Because I’ve done pretty much all of them myself. (Homemade jam is da bomb.)


  1. Take a 20 minute nap
  2. Bake an apple sauce cake
  3. Put a load of washing on
  4. Clean out your fridge and defrost the freezer
  5. Go to the gym for a workout and then relax in the spa
  6. Treat yourself to a massage
  7. Read a book
  8. Watch a movie
  9. Book a dentist appointment
  10. Get your nails did
  11. Get a new do
  12. Take your dog for a walk
  13. Take a class (learn how to tie a knot, make Origami, or make jam?)
  14. Join a sports club
  15. Stock up your pantry with yummy and healthy food
  16. Buy a few classic pieces so you look and feel fabulous
  17. Cook next week’s meals and freeze them
  18. Talk a walk and explore a new area of your city
  19. Treat yourself to a nice lunch


  1. Untag yourself from unflattering Facebook photos
  2. Send past clients an email asking for a testimonial and referrals
  3. Fix broken links on your website
  4. Learn what SEO is and implement it on your website
  5. Write a blog post (or three)
  6. Reply to comments on your blog
  7. Write comments on other people’s blogs
  8. Write and schedule your social media posts
  9. Catch up on your favourite blogs and websites
  10. Review your Google Analytics
  11. Introduce yourself to three companies you’d like to work with
  12. Ask three people you’d like to take out for coffee so you can pick their brains
  13. Submit an application to speak at an event
  14. Refresh your website copy
  15. Update your email automation sequence
  16. Update WordPress plugins on your site
  17. Get a new professional picture
  18. Update the image information on your pictures
  19. Jazz up the content on your five most viewed blog posts
  20. Offer free coaching sessions to your email subscribers
  21. Be a guest speaker on a podcast or start your own
  22. Host a webinar
  23. Create a useful guide for readers
  24. Rewrite your call to actions
  25. Complete your LinkedIn profile (don’t forget to add your published work!)
  26. Post one of your best pieces on Medium
  27. Subscribe to your favourite newsfeeds so you don’t miss a thing
  28. Rebrand your business


  1. Research your next article
  2. Send a story pitch to your favourite magazine
  3. Ask to write a guest post for your favourite website
  4. Write a piece for a writing competition


  1. Text your friends and pencil in lunch dates
  2. Book next month’s networking events
  3. Call your mum (or dad) and say hi!
  4. Plan a nice date night with your partner
  5. Send a letter to an old friend


  1. Reach out to someone in your field and ask for advice or have a mentoring session
  2. Find a financial planner
  3. Hire an accountant
  4. Get yourself a Gmail business email address
  5. Upgrade your online storage and back up your work!
  6. Form a partnership with others in your industry so you can refer each other work (designer, copywriter, photographer etc)
  7. Order new business cards
  8. Do a free online course
  9. Do a copywriting course
  10. Hire a designer to refresh your look
  11. Create onboarding processes and forms
  12. Renew your magazine subscriptions
  13. Catch up on current events


  1. Book a holiday
  2. Update your travel vaccinations
  3. Claim missing air miles
  4. Buy new luggage


  1. Go through your wardrobe and donate the worn-once items to Vinnies Australia
  2. Volunteer ethically at home or overseas
  3. Dine at Scarf and transform lives
  4. Sign a petition


How do you stay productive in-between clients?


Featured image from Unsplash.


Hi, I’m Rachel

I support multi-talented business owners to get clear on what makes them tick and desperately needed in their industry so they can make more money.

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