Freelance writing in January

By Katharine Swan On Monday, February 02, 2009 At 5:42 PM

I keep an Excel spreadsheet that tallies my freelance writing income throughout the month, so at the end of every month I can see what I made. Unfortunately, January was somewhat dismal.

January is usually a slow month for me, I guess because it takes most companies a few weeks to rebound from the holiday vacation mindset. Initially I thought this year would be different, as I was pretty busy the first full week of January. Unfortunately the work dropped off around mid-month, so in January I essentially made just over half my usual monthly income.

It seems that I am not the only one who generally expects January to be slow — Lori Widmer blogged about her January goals on her blog, too. What about the rest of you? How did January go for you, and was it in keeping with previous years?

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Blogger Lori Says:  

Thanks for the link hug, hon. :)

January was slow for me, too. Last year I was invoicing $6K. This year, half that. I expected it to drop thanks to the economy, but it's a bit unnerving to be sitting here at the start of February and seeing the same bleakness.

More marketing is in order for me!

 
 
Blogger Irreverent Freelancer Says:  

I just did January invoicing: 70% of my usual monthly aim and that thanks only to a generous bonus from one long-term client. It doesn't help that I had to spend almost half the month out of town, during which I spent more than I made. I can't, however, totally blame the weak performance on the economy. I simply was unable to put in the hours I usually do. Here's hoping February bodes better for all of us.

 
 
Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Sorry for the delayed responses...

I'm not sure yet that my drop in income is because of the economy and not just a normal January thing. We'll see. This month is looking a little better, but I'm feeling kind of harassed and haven't gotten around to marketing yet.

It will be interesting to compare notes again at the end of February!

 

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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