I wanted to use this last blog post of 2015 to wish you a Happy Holidays and a healthy, productive New Year! If you're like me, you use the Holidays as (1) a time to spend time with family and friends, and (2) an opportunity to reflect on the previous year and the year to come. This is a good time for writers (and everyone else) to look back on what went right, what went wrong, and what can be better.
Some good questions for freelancers to reflect upon during the Holidays:
- Are you happy with the kind of writing you're doing? Do you feel you're using enough of your creativity?
- How are my relationships with each of my clients? The Holidays are a great time to show appreciation, which can strengthen relationships you want to strengthen.
- Are you happy with the number of clients you have? Do you want to add more, or maybe change existing clients for new clients? Don't allow inertia to set in when change would benefit you.
- What about your financial situation? Are you ready for tax season? If you're a freelancer, you should have money saved up to cover your taxes. You should seek to set aside about 25% from each payment you receive for taxes come April.
- Would you like to explore working another part-time job, or maybe a full-time one? What other work would you like to do? Sometimes doing a non-writing job can help you through the ups and downs (feasts or famines) that sometimes comes with freelance writing.
- What other changes would you like to make? You should consider enhancing skills, doing more networking, and doing things to keep you healthy and happy. This is the time of year for making resolutions.