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December and January

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by pmist, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. pmist

    pmist New Member

    I'm a web designer/developer based in London.

    I'm considering the move to freelance and thought sooner rather than later might be good.

    However, I'm concerned that Dec and Jan are pretty much a no go for any work.

    Is this true?

    What are people's experiences?
  2. MickeyFinn

    MickeyFinn Administrator

    I jumped out of my permie job and went freelancing in Nov 2005. I had enough work already lined up to keep me going. If you are worried about two quiet months causing you cash flow problems (at any time of year) then freelancing now may not be the best option. I would only jump if I had cash reserves to last me 6 months or a signed, sealed contract to show 6 months of future income was more than just a pipe-dream.

    There is a lot of work about still if you have the skills but the first few months can always be tricky as you find your feet. December and January are not the best times to take the leap if you have nothing lined up due to the amount of holidays during this period. If you are in a job then keep the pay cheque coming in and plan what to do in the new year to give you the best start and use time off to start on projects if you have managed to land work during this time.

    What are your cash reserves like? What is your current notice period on your job?

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