We are now in the second quarter of 2014 (and, in the UK, it’s now the start of the new tax year) so it’s probably a good time to reflect on what happened in your freelance business between the beginning of January and the end of March.
Take out your list of goals you want to achieve for 2014. How much progress have you made towards achieving them?
Don’t worry if you haven’t much all that much headway yet, you still have nine months to go until the end of this year.
TIP 1: Just make sure you take one action today towards achieving the first goal on your list. And another action tomorrow, and so on…
Have you achieved the income targets you set yourself? If so, congratulations! If not, do you know what the reason might be? It might be because something was out of your control, such as the client decided to cancel the project, or they took the work in-house, or you were off sick for a couple of weeks and couldn’t earn anything.
But was the reason that you didn’t take enough time to work ON your business?
TIP 2: Get in the habit of taking regular chunks of time to pursue new business. Whether that’s attending networking events, or making phone calls or giving a talk, or ramping up your social media activity, you need to devote time to it. This is especially important to do when you are busy, so you have a pipeline of new projects to work on when times are quieter. It helps to iron out the feast and famine syndrome.
Try and carve out either half a day a week (eg: every Tuesday morning or Friday afternoon) or mini chunks of 30 minutes each day.
I find it helpful to work out what I want to achieve during this next quarter (April-June). It keeps me on track to achieving my overall goals for the year and makes me realise exactly what I need to do each week to work ON my business.
Did you achieve your goals for this first quarter of the year? Leave me a message in the comments box below.