Freelance Writing As Seasonal Income

While I was chatting with a friend this week, I heard a completely unexpected question: could she make some seasonal money as a freelance writer? She wants to earn a little extra money before Christmas and she was wondering if writing would be an easy way to do it.

I managed to keep from laughing. I’ve encountered the idea that writing is an easy job — type a few words and get a paycheck immediately — but this is the first time I’ve heard of anyone thinking of freelance writing as a seasonal job. Am I alone?

My advice for anyone looking to earn some extra Christmas money from writing is easy: Start in June. Between pitching a project, actually completing it, invoicing it and eventually getting paid, most writing projects (articles, copywriting and more) are more of long-term ventures.

That isn’t to say that a person absolutely can’t get some immediate money from well-crafted words. Plenty of Craigslist posts are looking for immediate turn around, after all. It’s just my experience that the more lucrative projects don’t require immediate delivery.

4 Comments

  1. Mel Edwards   •  

    Great points, Thursday. There are immediate calls for writers at GetAFreelancer as well, but most don’t pay very well and competition is intense. In most cases, if you’re looking for holiday cash, you’d be better off doing calligraphy for someone’s holiday cards.

  2. thursday   •     Author

    I’ve seen a couple of opportunities for writers for ‘Santa Letters’ and other holiday pieces — it seems like a niche market, though.

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