What I’m listening to: The Sound of Silence by Disturbed
Happy 2016! I hope your holiday season was nice and that the start of this year is a good one for you.
In true fashion around our house, we started 2016 deep in a new project. Two years ago, we hauled decorations down before the new year. Carpets came up and my husband and stepson got busy putting in new hardwood floors. This year, husband and I started nailing wood to the walls — we’re putting wainscoting in the foyer and up the stairs. He created the design, and it’s going to be gorgeous. A ton of work, but it will be worth it.
It may be 2016, but I can’t quite let go of 2015 — not until I look back at the freelance writing business last month.
It was a good one, too. Even though we freelancers are used to client work dropping off around Thanksgiving, nothing doing for me. December was busy, and the work was coming in even a few days before I took my holiday break (actually, I got a project while I was on vacation).
Not all of the projects have been invoiced yet (waiting on a few tweaks here and there), but it was a surprisingly good month.
I sent one. It resulted in an ongoing assignment that will pay more than the usual assignments– unexpected good news.
I didn’t send any out this past month despite my conviction to do so. I wanted to revisit my LOI approach before doing so.
Two people reached out to me on social media regarding projects. I gave one guy my price and heard nothing more. I’ll check back once more, but I think the price deterred him, and that’s okay. Not every client fits.
None, amen. Didn’t even feel the need to browse them just for kicks. Job postings haven’t been my way of finding work in over ten years — that probably won’t change anytime soon.
No referrals last month.
Well, not really new, but a new editor. My two favorite people are leaving a particular publication, but they’ve left me in good hands, and with the ongoing assignments referenced above.
Plenty of work came in from my existing clients. While it amounted to just three projects, those three projects made up the bulk of my earnings.
No poetry submissions last month.
For a December in which I worked two and a half weeks, I did okay. I’m $1K off my monthly earnings target, which is the same for December as it is for any other month. That’s pretty damn good.
Thanks to two projects being booked in December (one a planned effort, the other happenstance), I’m set up well for January. It’s just $3K in work, but remember I’ve not invoiced the few projects that I had last month, so I’ll still have decent cash rolling in on top of that. What worked — purposefully looking to get work assigned for January; putting the emphasis on current clients; finding new ways to use social media advantageously; and keeping the current clients satisfied.
What didn’t work — ignoring getting out the LOIs and the poetry submissions. LOIs are critical right now, and not having done that could be a problem in a few months.
How did you do in December? What worked? What didn’t?