When freelancing is your livelihood, the holidays can be challenging. Without paid leave we sometimes feel guilty taking a little break. But it’s important to take breaks, ESPECIALLY this time of the year. If not for your health (the most important thing) then for your business. Breaks let you reflect on what you’ve achieved, where you want to improve and think about all the fun projects you want to tackle in the new year. Giving yourself a little breathing room between busy work seasons helps you wrap up loose ends and prepare for the new. Here’s how I’m wrapping up the year (while munching on baked goods and drinking mulled wine, of course).
Organizing: I’m spending a little time this holiday season planning for the next work quarter. I’m making sure all my time sheets are up to date, files are organized and my work plans for current projects are ready for the new year. Knowing you have a plan to come back to after some much needed R&R should help with post-holiday stress.
Business strategy: Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction of my business, the types of clients I want to work with, and finally the possibility of hiring and renting a studio (pretty exciting stuff). But of course, these things don’t happen over night. I need a plan, which requires A LOT of brainstorming and strategizing. I’m using the holidays to bounce ideas off of family and friends that I don’t get to see all that often. I’m lucky to have such supportive and insightful people in my life!
Goal setting: Top of the list—improve my illustration and hand lettering skills. With that said, you can expect to see some works in progress in the new year.
Now, I’m off to eat delicious food, hang with the fam and take a little break. Happy holidays!