I've been a little lazy with these posts. A lot of this has to do with the fact that the holidays are upon us, and I'm rushing to get as much work done as possible. Work tends to slow down around this time of year, so as a freelancer this is necessary hunting and gathering time so that we can have a stockpile of moolah for the winter.
The holidays can really throw a wrench in a freelancers business. First, if you conduct interviews for your pieces, a lot of sources are out of town. This can make that pressing deadline even more intimidating because, if there's one thing you don't have control over, it's your sources getting back to you.
Second, people just don't have the time to dole out work to you as much. They're busy closing up shop for the year and getting their workload done so they can chug down eggnog at the office Christmas party without having to think of that report on their desk. So it's a good idea to plan in advance for this time of the year, whether that menas doing extra work in October and November or bugging your clients incessantly a month before Christmas.
Finally, you as a freelancer don't want to work during the holidays. You've worked hard all year. Take a break already. But there's no break for a freelancer. No work means no money which means no fun. So although you might feel like kicking back and enjoying a big turkey dinner or a few carols by the fire, you really should be pestering clients, cruising job sites and conducting as much work as possible so that you don't fall out of practice when the real work starts coming in during the new year.
Now if you'll excuse me, I got some stuffing with my name on it.