The holiday season, freelancer-style

Whether you’ve got too much work to do during this busy month or not enough work coming in during the most expensive time of year, the holiday season can be a tough time for freelancers. There’s been lots of advice on Twitter this month for freelancers wondering how to survive the next couple of weeks. Here’s a handy round-up of some of the best:

• PWAC Toronto says you should spend your holiday downtime cleaning your office, reaching out to past clients and setting goals for 2015.

• Contently suggests that you use the slow Christmas and New Years period to, yes, clean your office, visit the dentist and work on dream projects.

• This post from Fast Company says you’re better off spending this slow period getting serious about LinkedIn and setting concrete career goals.

• The Write Life advises freelancers to spend the second half of December getting all the stuff organized: client information, accounting, websites, email inboxes and social media profiles. Oh, and the fun part: setting up some coffee dates with fellow freelancers for early in January.

• On the lighter side, this post from Creative Live lists all of the positive aspects of being a freelancer over the holidays: you can shop during off-peak hours, you can work from airport lounges, and you’re always home to sign for package deliveries.

• And from Story Board’s archives, here’s a post by The Born Freelancer with advice on how to cope if you’ve got too much or too little work to do over the next couple of weeks.

How do you cope during the holidays? What do you think is the best way to occupy yourself during a work lull? Let us know in the comments below or come and join us on Facebook for some freelancer holiday camaraderie.

Cheers and happy holidays from Story Board!

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · · Tagged with: , ,

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