With the festive season well and truly on its way, your permie co-workers are counting down the days until the two-week Christmas break. For contractors and self-employed workers, it’s a whole different story. As you’re reliant on regular new contracts coming in, the festive period can become exceptionally quiet for work coming in.
But with this downtime, it can give you the chance to focus on tasks you haven’t had the opportunity to catch-up on.
Update Your Professional Profile
This time of year, is traditionally a time to self-improve. With that in mind, you should consider updating your CV, your LinkedIn profile and even (if you have one) your website.
If you have any recent achievements or new skills that could be better be showcased, you could benefit from a CV rejig. Removing less relevant outdated information and adding your newer accomplishments.
Updating your website can be a time-consuming task. This downtime could give you the perfect opportunity to add new projects you’ve worked on or even just give your website a face lift.
Invest in new skills and training
Once you’ve updated your CV, you may see a gap in your skillset. This break gives you the perfect opportunity to review your current skills and identify areas where you may be lacking in ability.
Christmas time can allow you to fill out these gaps and invest in some training, these can be online courses that are fitted around any other commitments you may have.
With technologies and industries constantly evolving, there are always new skills that you can pick up.
With the festivities freezing up business, there may not be a lot of prospective clients looking to put pen to paper on a new contract.
However, this could be a good time to reach out for any potential start-of-the-year opportunities. Once you’ve done the preparation at the end of the year, you’ll be good to get you cape straight back on in January.
As good as it is for a contractor and freelancer to keep busy all of the time, it’s important to rest as well. A work-life balance is vital to avoid being burned out and exhausted. So, if the opportunity is there to relax with friends and family then why not take advantage?!
If you have interests or hobbies that have taken a backseat, a break in work can allow you to take the time to enjoy them for a couple of weeks.
You could also just get away from it all, and book a last-minute getaway. Take full advantage to go see the world.
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Are you having any festive downtime this year? What tips have you got for fellow contractors to keep occupied? Comment below.
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