I was told this several times by other consultants and alas, it is true. December can be a lousy month to be a consultant. The holidays create a sense of urgency among offices – finish projects or work ahead so everyone can rest a bit over the break. So, I hurried up and finished most of my contract work in November, per my client’s requests. And now – well - now I am waiting patiently. Even my active contracts are in a lull. No one is returning my calls or e-mails. December is like a giant sucking sound. I am alone in a black hole. I miss my clients!
Advice I got when I jumped in with both feet about the month of December was consistent. It included:
“Work like a mad woman during the months of September – November; February – June. Count on slow responses in July and August. And in December, well, just honker down and know that it will pick up again.”
“When it starts to get cold, keep your thermostat at 60 and save money. Warm up in the car when you drop off and pick up the kids at school. Convince your family that the new, hip Thanksgiving meal is chicken and rice. And, buy your presents at that cute consignment store on Fulton Avenue. December is a bleak month. I will pray for you.”
“One December I was so lonely and feeling sad that my business had tanked because no one was calling me. So, I redirected my work energy and started selling Avon. That was not a good idea. Don’t start to sell Avon in December. It will be ok after the new year begins.”
Because I was a little prepared for this slow-down, I decided to enjoy December. Sometimes I take naps in the afternoon. My house is clean. My gym membership is well used. My presents are bought and wrapped (and not from the consignment store). My Christmas decorations look amazing – best I have ever done. And, my husband and I had a real anniversary [New Year] celebration – an entire weekend in Sonoma with great food and wine tasting. Of course, I got the hotel on a Groupon deal. The dinner comes with a coupon at a casual dining establishment. And, Sonoma wineries often don’t charge for tastings. It was a great budget-conscious weekend.
This will be my last post for 2015. I will be too busy the rest of the month relaxing. And praying. And hoping that I will be needed again in 2016. Please call or e-mail me! I really don’t want to start selling Avon.
I hope you enjoy your holiday season. Wishing you the best in 2016.
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