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As a freelance writer, I usually find myself in two extreme situations during the holiday season. Either Iím extremely busy, or pretty slow. In case you donít know, editorial definitely has slow seasons and busy seasons Ė much like any other business.

Looking for Freelance Writing Jobs: Hereís When Itís Going to Be Slow

From about the middle of June right on through labor Day. Itís slow. It also slow from about mid-December through the first two or three weeks of the new year. If you subscribe to a newspaper or magazine, dig out some issues from these times and see how thin they are compared to the following timeframes.

Busy Times for Freelance Writers

The busy months Ė ie, when more employers tend to be outsourcing freelance writing jobs Ė are usually from the beginning of September (right after Labor Day) through mid-November. It slows down around Thanksgiving, then picks up for a couple of weeks in December. It picks up again during the last week or so of January, and continues right on through May/early June.

3 Reasons Companies Hire Freelance Writers during the Holiday Season

Now that you know what the workflow cycle of the editorial industry looks like, letís focus on the holiday season. Many companies hire freelancers during this time for various reasons, ie:

1. Vacation/Holiday Leave: This is one of the main reasons. Companies are more apt to be working with a skeletal staff during this time because their regular workers are on vacation/holiday leave. But, work must still be completed. So, they hire freelancers to get it done.

2. Special Projects: Many clients run special promotions, deals and offers during the holiday season. For example, an ad company may have a client who does a bigger ad buy for the holidays. So, they need extra copywriters, proofreaders, web designers, etc. to get the job done on time.

They wonít hire a permanent employee for this seasonal activity. No, they hire freelancers.

3. Downsizing: For many companies, their fiscal year runs from January 1st through December 31st. During the third and fourth quarters is when many of them set their budgets for the coming year. And, this is when a lot of pink slips can go out.

But again, just because a company is downsizing does not mean that theyíre cutting their workload. When the economy gets tough, it means that companies require their employees to do more, for the same or less pay Ė and with less people.

An easy way to stay profitable is for a company to get rid of employees (hence, the benefits that come with a full-time person) and hire independent contractors (who donít get any benefits) on an as-need basis. And more companies are doing this. Proof? The article, How to Build a Better Business with Outsourcing, on illustrates just how and why outsourcing is becoming so popular. It states:

More small businesses are outsourcing tasks these days because technology has advanced to the point of professionals being able to work from anywhere in the world, coupled with the availability and accessibility of extremely qualified professionals . . . These freelancers come on board as subcontractors and save the small business owner the burden of paying overhead associated with payroll taxes and expenses such as health insurance and worker's compensation, as well as the space constrictions that growing a company in-house can present.

FYI, here are four specific things you can do to land freelance writing jobs during the holiday season.

About the Author: Yuwanda Black has been a freelance writer since 1993. She heads New Media Words (, an SEO writing company. She's aslo the author of over 50 ebooks; many of which discuss the various opportunities in freelance writing.

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