04 December 2017 by The Freelancer Club Christmas is just around the corner and it's a strange time for freelancers. December can be a demotivating period of year particularly as the days grow shorter, most businesses are winding down and you've got one eye on a large brandy by the fire. But wait! Before you fall into a festive stupor, December can be a great time for freelancers and we're going to show you why! GET THE BORING STUFF DONE You know all the admin you've been putting off for the last 11 months; get it out and get it sorted. Now's a great time to catch up on the invoices, receipts and annoying stuff you hate to do. Particularly as he who shall not be named, OK fine, 'Self Assessment' is due at the end of January (why do they do it to us!). SEASONAL WORK For most Freelancer Club members, December is actually a busy time. Between office parties, winter weddings and festive events, business is booming. We post a ton of work on the jobs board this time of year and although it means working through the festive fun (like most seasonal events throughout the year), it's payday for freelancers so grab them while they're hot (or cold); you get the point. Check out the new jobs posted everyday on our live jobs board. NEW YEAR, NEW PLAN Whether you're working or not, the next few weeks will fly by and before you can say 'bah humbug', it'll be January. Something we love to do here at Freelancer Club HQ is set our goals for the following year. Not just targets but business aspirations, development ideas and other cool marketing tidbits that we didn't get time to try in 2017. January sales are also a time when people spend so make sure to have your promotion or marketing plan ready to roll out. Promo codes and January sales are not just for the high street, freelancers can get in on the act too! TAKE A BREAK Unlike those pesky 9 to 5ers, freelancers can't generally afford to go away at set times throughout the year so if December / January is quiet for you, take a break. Why not! You'll be away during a time when nothing's happening and you'll be able to stretch it out through Christmas. Should you be filled with guilt at the idea of taking a holiday before a holiday, bring your laptop and get some of that admin done before hitting the slopes. Festive discounts on our new Pro Discounts directory so get clicking! LEARN SOMETHING NEW Running a freelance business requires serious multi-tasking and that means development. Why not take a course in social media marketing, branding or add another string to your service bow. There's no such thing as downtime when freelancing so make the most out of a quiet period. Check out FreelanceAcademy.com for a range of online courses to master the art of freelancing.