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When I started my business four years ago, I faced a similar dilemma. I had several proposals accepted and was anticipating a large workload. Thinking I would be quite busy, I stopped marketing my services. But instead, work trickled in as clients slowly decided to proceed with projects. And no matter how often I inquired or tried to "steer" them into action, I realized they would contact me when they were ready and not a moment sooner. It was a hard lesson learned, as initially I ended up with little or no work for a period of time while prospective clients dragged their feet.

Since then, I've learned to better balance my workload with proposals, and with time, you'll be able to do this too. But for now, I recommend communication with your first client. Make them aware of your circumstances and be completely honest. This may persuade them to push the project forward, but even if they don't, you'll have made them aware of your situation. You can then take on other work without feeling guilty and let that money start rolling in!

Hope this helps.

Laura Wiegert of Creative Consultants

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