Dear Freelance Writer,
A couple of years ago you told all of your clients you were taking time off for the holidays. They couldn’t wait for your return so they looked for another freelance writer and hired me. They weren’t my only clients during this time, either. I landed several clients who needed someone to pick up the slack while their regular writers were decking the halls and going a-wassailing. They needed writers and I needed Christmas money. It was a match made in holiday heaven.
I enjoyed the holidays too though. I woke up earlier in the morning and worked for a few hours before doing my holiday baking or shopping. I stayed up a little later in the evenings too, just so I could get some work done. I visited Santa, decorated the tree and had some nice family visits. I also continued to earn.
It worked the same way when you were on vacation. You turned off your computer and vowed to stay unplugged for two weeks. I went on vacation too, but while my family was sleeping in, I worked. Most of the time though, I enjoyed myself. I swam and hiked. I sipped Mojitos while sitting on a torchlit deck overlooking the Hudson River. I stayed up an hour or two later than everyone else so I could update my blog or handle a client’s project.
This is why you’ll always catch me touching base on Twitter or checking the job boards, even during my down time. I don’t get paid vacation days and clients are fickle. I don’t want the people who I work for or network with to forget me and go with someone else in my absence. This is why I always update my blog, even while on vacation. There are always people who want a good read or continue to look for work. I don’t want to lose them.
I don’t believe we have to give up life to achieve our goals, but I don’t believe we should give up our goals to have a life, either. There’s a reason most businesses don’t close their doors to enjoy the holidays or take a vacation. It’s because their clients still need them.
I hope you have a merry Christmas, freelance writer. Enjoy the time spent with your family and friends. I wish you nothing but success. Please don’t be angry with me or other freelance writers for keeping my business going while you didn’t. We had different goals and different visions.
It’s nothing personal. It’s business.
Disclaimer: Enough with the hate mail and the comments, people. I’m not really stealing your clients. However, it happens and this post was only meant to illustrate a point. I’m not condoning client theft. However, it’s important to note that sometimes clients need writers and their writers aren’t available. Thus, they have to make the decision to go with someone else. If you’re planning on taking time off, discuss your clients’ needs with them first to avoid this very situation.