Freelance Christmas party shows benefits of celebrating

Wednesday 9 December 2015

One of the perks of the holiday season is that for many people it's a time for constant parties. Almost every workplace organises some kind of Christmas get-together, where employees can blow off steam after a tough year. However, this is not usually an option for freelancers or sole traders.

A recent survey from PeoplePerHour has shown that around 80 per cent of freelancers miss out on a work Christmas party even if they work regularly with a single company, as they are not seen as a proper part of the business. The survey also found that around 70 per cent work from home, which contributes to this problem as they are not a regular presence in the office.

These are obvious problems for people working on their own, but they are a price worth paying for most due to the independence and control over your work that comes with being your own boss. However, there is no denying that a Christmas party at the end of the year is usually a good thing.

It not only gives people the ability to blow off steam, it also gets all the members of a business together, promoting bonding between employees. For freelancers, this could be a valuable opportunity to network with people you might not have much contact with, even if you work closely with their company.

So what is the solution to this? A small but significant number of freelancers have taken to holding their own Christmas parties. PeoplePerHour found that 11 per cent either had organised one in the past, or were planning to do so this year. These parties would all be freelance-only, for people in a similar situation.

Alongside this, PeoplePerHour are hosting their own party on December 10th for freelancers in the London area. The company promises "tipple, a dance and a little bit of networking" at the party in at Shoreditch’s Rolling Stock.
Even if you don't have an office, it is a good idea to try to be involved with a Christmas party at this time of year. They can be a great place to meet people, whether that's a potential client, someone who can add something to the services you offer, or even someone willing to share office space or another resource with you.

By Victoria McDonnell

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