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    Default Advice please - dealing with work dry-up

    Hi all, I've been a freelancer for the last year, and for now at least, it seems like my good fortune in getting work has all dried up. I've got about 5 months before baby #1 arrives and then after that I guess I won't have any chance of getting work done for a while.

    I'm looking for any advice on how to avoid emotional freakout while facing a lot of upcoming free time and how to deal with the financial pressure. Any advice welcome!

    I've never wanted to work as a freelancer, but after an overseas move I found my employment opportunities in the new country were close to nil, so I resorted to remote freelancing for work connections in Aus.

    Once I have this baby, I have absolutely no clue how I plan to reenter the workforce from overseas, and no idea about what kind of daycare opportunities will be available to me here, and I already feel like a bit of a hack, with no really decent qualifications and a very specific skill set ... oh god ... I'm already starting with the emotional freakout.

    How do Mums deal with these future work uncertainties?!

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    Obviously everyone is different, but when I returned to work my priorities changed. I just don't care what I do as long as the hours are ok and I'm earning money.

    I'm currently a scientist but if I lost job tomorrow I would happily stack shelves at Coles

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    I would start researching daycare options immediately. You don't have to make any decisions, but knowing how the system work will surely put your mind at ease.

    I definitely struggled with the idea of being out of the workforce. I felt like if something ever happened that meant I needed to return to full time work, I'd be stuck in some horror job just out of necessity, having to take the first thing that came along! So, when my baby was old enough and I felt ready, I did stack shelves at Coles! And I had no issue with it, I loved it. It got me out of the house, made me feel useful and human, allowed me to socialise - 90% of the other workers were mums, who are now friends for life. Eventually I moved on to another role in reception / admin. I'm not sure how much work is available to you, but if you're willing to look outside your skill set and just be in some form of paid work, I'm sure you will feel better when the time comes!

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    I'm totally on board with stacking shelves at Coles. Unfortunately, the stacking-shelves-at-Coles equivalent jobs that I've found in Helsinki require that I speak fluent Finnish, which is why I resorted to remote freelancing in Australia. But! I think something will probably come up. So far in life, something does eventually come up, but it doesn't stop me worrying that it won't, haha.

    Researching the daycare system is very good advice actually. Primarily, I need something to do that keeps me from just stewing about all the worries that I can possibly worry about.

    @WiseEnough Yay for women (particularly Mums) in science! I hope you get to stick it out in science for a long time.

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    Not sure what kind of freelance work you do but do you have yourself on Freelancer.com? My hubby started a small business last year and ended up using overseas freelancers from this site to design things outside of his skill set.

    It has worked really well for us

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    What area do you work in? I don't have much experience of being a freelancer but if I were in your position I think I would be trying to learn as much basic finnish as I could because it would always be a help even just to speak a few sentences. And I guess maybe looking sideways at what other skills you could add to your repertoire.
    Freelancer.com is a good idea. Also maybe airtasker and other similar sites?

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