12 things I should do to progress my freelance business

Posted on: April 19th, 2011

For those of us based in the UK, we have a Bank Holiday this week, two Bank Holidays next week, and one the week after.

However, public holidays don’t have the same significance for freelancers as they do for employees. As an employee, you’re given an extra day’s holiday for free. We freelancers don’t get paid if we don’t work (unless you’re on a fixed retainer – but you’ll probably have to make up the hours some other time).

And, if you’ve got lots of work on, four extra days off between April 22 and May 2 could put you well behind schedule.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m looking forward to the Bank Holidays. I’ll be taking time out to enjoy the sunshine (if it lasts), and to see family and friends. I might even watch some of the Royal Wedding on telly.

But I’ll also be taking advantage of the time out to do non-client stuff.

I haven’t exactly decided what yet, but here are a few things I could get up to:

  1. Get rid of all the clutter that’s accumulated in my office (and my flat in general).
  2. Write my next marketing mailshot.
  3. Devise a list of recipients for my next mailshot.
  4. Write some more blog posts so I have a store of articles for when I’m away.
  5. Work out an editorial plan for my blogs for the next quarter.
  6. Revisit my goals for 2011 and action the next couple of points on my list to help me get that bit nearer to achieving them.
  7. Catch up on some dull admin tasks, like sorting out my expenses.
  8. Think about how I could monetise my website so I can earn some passive income, in addition to my copywriting work.
  9. Figure out where I want my freelance business to go and what I want to have achieved in five years’ time.
  10. Read some of the interesting articles I’ve downloaded but haven’t had the chance to read yet.
  11. List out the kind of clients and the kind of projects I really want to attract in.
  12. Work out what skills I need to improve over the next 12 months.

So, plenty of things I could be doing. What are YOU planning on doing over the long holiday weekends?

Related article: Too busy with client projects to work ON your business?

2 Responses to “12 things I should do to progress my freelance business”

  1. Douglas Holland
    April 19th, 2011

    Just reading through the potential things to do list made me feel tired.. But agree that a Bank/Public Holiday provides a great chance to reorganise, do some catching up and some planning.. But don’t forget to include some ‘chill out time’.

  2. Carole
    April 19th, 2011

    I know, sometimes it can be overwhelming knowing all the things we *should* be doing FOR our freelance business (as well as doing client work). Which is why extra time off is a help. But, yes, it’s also important to take time out and ENJOY the spring weather!

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