6 WAYS FREELANCE DESIGNERS CAN PREPARE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
It is highly likely that you became a freelance designer to enjoy more freedom professionally and personally. Realistically, however, when the holiday season rolls around, you may find yourself either with too little or too much work to do. So what can you do to prepare?
1) Front load your work
FreelancersUnion.org provides this smart tip: “You can’t control what your clients do, but you can do extra prep now to reduce chaos later. Get invoices pre-loaded and ready to send. Aim to finish up projects and meet deadlines before the holidays hit.”
Putting in some extra time upfront will help you relax during the holiday season. And having their projects completed a bit early is a nice little year-end bonus for your clients as well.
2) Gather preliminary information for your year-end tasks
If your client work slows down just before the major holidays, you can take advantage of your extra time to organize your business affairs for year-end activities. Save yourself some stress by getting all your tax information together for the year. Review your receivables. November and early December are excellent times to review your invoices and ensure all your clients are up-to-date with their payments. You can send out your Payoneer payment requests to clients ahead of time, detailing the advanced due date for payment.
Additionally, you might want to take a look at your resume or portfolio and polish it up for the New Year. If you have had trouble getting organized in the past, a holiday lull in your projects might just give you the extra time to you need to tame your freelance office.
3) Use your talent to spread the cheer
Put your mad skills to work by designing holiday-themed cards and gifts for your clients, family, and friends. Not only does it delight the recipients, but designing something that is not your usual style may spark your creative juices and make you even more productive next year.
4) Volunteer your time or talent
The holidays may afford you some time to volunteer in your community. Whether it is working at the local soup kitchen or designing the props for a local holiday play, you can enjoy using your time and talent to give something back to your community.