One of the blogs I regularly read is "All Freelance Writing" by Jennifer Mattern. Jennifer, a wonderful role model for freelance writers like me, published a 2012 New Year's Resolutions blog post the other day. I would like to use her model to publicly state my 2012 resolutions for Writing It Right For You:
1) Make and meet my schedule for all of my websites, my blogs, my upcoming ebooks, and other personal and business projects.
Just like Jennifer, I asked another freelance writer friend, Sharon Hurley Hall how she gets so much written every day. Sharon, who has written two guest posts for this blog, recommended Dragon Dictate, which Jennifer and I have installed, but haven't used to its full potential. So one of my goals is to really put Dragon Dictate to use to help me write more and faster.
My husband and business partner, Keith Owens, and I have four books almost ready, and our goal is to have them published by the end of this quarter.
2) Ensure a minimum 25% increase in my monthly base income.
I actually declared this resolution last week in a tweet, but I am res-stating that goal here. Our company did pretty well last year, but like all freelancers, our monthly gross income fluctuates--often wildly by thousands of dollars. But we also have several regular and ongoing clients and graduate and post-graduate students--bless 'em--on retainer; they are the ones who provide us with our monthly base income. That monthly base income from retainers is what we will increase this year by 25%.
3) Finalize the revised look and feel of our websites and blogs.
As many freelancers and small business owners know--especially when you have lots of wonderful clients to work with, it is difficult to stay on track with the other non-income-producing projects that are important but not critical. What I have done is make a project list for each one of the administrative and personal projects I want to complete and I add tasks to those lists as I think of them. Then when I have scheduled open slots in my schedule, I tackle each project one task at a time. That really relieves my stress levels--the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. The same is true for completing all of those projects vying for your attention.
4) Complete the remodeling and re-working of my home office.
Again, this is a work in progress. I know and I have visually (with before/after photos) set up how I want my office to look. It will be a lot of work to totally finish my office, but my goal is to greet spring with a newly remodeled office. Let's see, that is about March 21 here in the northern hemisphere. I'll post pictures when that goal is met.
5) Continue to find the right balance between work-family-community.
I LOVE what I do and I am very grateful that my work reflects my passions, my values, and my skills. But again, like all freelancers and SOHO (Small Office Home Office) business owners, I constantly must ensure that I do more than just "work"--especially when my commute to my office is about 5 feet! It is very easy to work all of the time, blur the boundary between home and office, and be constantly connected with all of my computers and gadgets . So this year, I will work especially hard to find the right balance between everything I love to do--and I will try to actually "unplug" for a while every day!
Jennifer had 1o (!) resolutions, but I will stick with 5. That is enough for me!
What are your resolutions for your business in 2012? Do you have any tips or apps or methods that have been successful for you? Let us know in the comment section! Happy New Year!
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