Two tips to help you achieve your freelance goals for 2014

Posted on: April 6th, 2014

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.

What do you REALLY want to achieve?

Posted on: July 5th, 2011

Are you too busy working day-to-day on client projects to look at the bigger picture?

If so, try to take just 30 minutes out of your hectic schedule today to think about what you really want to achieve.

Go somewhere different – somewhere you can focus your thoughts. Then, turn off your phone and ask yourself the following questions:

1. What would I really love to achieve?

Note that it’s not “What do I think I could achieve?” but “What would I really love to achieve?” So, if you really want to earn £150,000 a year, write that down. Maybe you want to be a best-selling author or to own your own restaurant.

Don’t be constrained in your imagination and don’t get hung up on HOW you’ll achieve it. Just write down WHAT you want to achieve.

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Three tips for progressing the goals you set for 2011

Posted on: February 2nd, 2011

We’re now one month into 2011. If you set goals for your freelance business at the beginning of the year, how are they coming along?

If you didn’t, take a look at the post I wrote in early January: Five ways to achieve your freelance goals in 2011.

If you DID read my post and DID set goals, you should have already undertaken these steps I outlined:

  • Make a list of your goals for 2011
  • List out all the steps you need to take to achieve each goal
  • Devise a timetable

Your timetable should have all the sub activities listed out with a ‘complete by’ deadline against each one. And you should have this in a prominent place that means you can see it easily on a daily basis. (Like stuck next to your computer.)