Jingle bells are ringing, the leftover turkey is long gone, and the world is counting down until that famous ball drops in Times Square. That’s right – the year is drawing to a close, whether you are ready or not.
As a freelancer, the end of the year is a daunting time. From meeting deadlines to an influx of holiday project requests, this last month is a master class in chaos. However, by applying these four tips, you can end the year strong, and set your freelance business up for success in the months to come.
Wrap Up Projects
For many people who run a freelance business, December is often a time of drowning under the weight of deadlines and rushed orders. Help make the most of these crazy weeks by prioritizing your projects, and putting in the extra effort this time of year calls for to make sure all is wrapped up by the time the clock strikes midnight. Having your projects completed gives you the satisfaction of knowing your work is done, and the freedom of a clean slate to start and grow with in January.
Organize Your Finances
Finances. Has your heart rate skyrocketed yet? Freelancing means taking control and digging into the nitty gritty of your business’ finances. Before the end of the year, make sure all is in order by double checking your invoices, figuring your profit for the year, as well as paying your estimated taxes for the fourth quarter. Taking the time to organize your finances in a simple spreadsheet will save you a lot of time and stress once April rolls around.
Send Thank You Notes
This time of year is meant for showing others how much they are appreciated, and your clients should not be an exception. Stock up on thank you notes and send one to each client you have worked with this year, telling them how much their business means to you. This simple touch will put a smile on their face, and help to build lasting relationships.
Plan Ahead for the New Year
Setting goals for the New Year is the perfect way to start aligning your business plan for the next quarter. Want to land more clients? Hoping to expand your services? Set a game plan for each goal with actionable steps you can take in the New Year, or even in the remaining weeks of this one. Having a clear set of goals you can achieve will help get you on the fast track to growing your business and set you up for success in 2018.
How are you planning on finishing your freelance year strong?