As we get closer to Christmas, it may be tempting to cut back on or abandon our efforts to get freelance writing jobs. It would be a mistake to assume that no one is hiring or that you should shelve your efforts to build your business until the New Year. There are opportunities to be found all year round, and you should plan to keep on applying to job ads and putting out feelers to potential clients at this time of year as well.
People who hire freelance writers still need to get their writing work done. Even if there are fewer ads being posted on the boards at this time of year, there are still clients who are hiring. Answering ads for freelance writing jobs is only one way to get work. You can make up a list of potential clients you want to make a pitch to, or make a point of reconnecting with people you have worked for in the past to see whether they need any writing done.
When you make a point of continuing to apply for freelance writing jobs during the Holiday Season, you will be impressing your potential client with the fact that you are taking the initiative to drum up some work. You look like a dedicated professional, which is just the kind of person they want to work with. It might be easier to get hired at this time of year, since there will less competition from other freelancers, who may not be as diligent as you in looking for work.
Enjoy the Holiday Season, for sure, but do plan to spend some time looking for work as well. The January bills will be in all of our mailboxes soon enough!
Good to know. I’m a newbie freelancer, so I was wondering if I should just stop completely during the holidays.
D. Cole Ossandon says
I usually find myself working through the holidays. Not that I don’t spend time (lots of wonderful and special time) with my family, but I love what I do so much, I can’t stay away for too long! 🙂
@ D. Cole: I hear ya. I did some work while I was away….just not FWJ stuff. 😉
@ Jennifer: There are some people who are hiring around the Holidays, so it’s a good idea to keep your job search efforts going at that time of year as well.