The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Staying Sane During the Holidays
“The holidays can be both an exciting and frustrating time for freelance writers.
While many enjoy celebrating with family and friends, it can be difficult to keep the income flowing this time of year.
Follow these tips to start planning for a successful holiday season.
1.Check your finances
The holidays can be expensive.
Whether you’re buying presents, traveling to see family, or planning a Thanksgiving feast for 30, you’ll likely have some additional expenditures this time of year.
You’ll also likely have higher day-to-day expenses with the shorter days and colder temperatures. Expenses such as electric and heating bills typically jump this time of year, so be sure to plan your finances accordingly.
When calculating your expenses, don’t forget about things like office Secret Santas, white elephant exchanges, gingerbread cookie ingredients, eggnog, holiday donations, decorations, and gatherings with friends. All the little expenses add up.
2. Plan your workload
Once you have an idea about your end-of-year expenses, you can decide if it makes sense to take on extra work.
Consider if you need to send out additional pitches or ask your regular clients if they have extra work available.
It’s also a good time to do your end-of-year review and ask your regular clients for a pay bump in the new year.”