Diana Kelly Levey

Freelance Advice: How to Set 2019 Goals

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January 8, 2019

We’re into the second week of January and you probably considered a new year’s resolution or two by now. But have you determined your freelance business goals for the year?

In order to make a goal be more likely to happen it should  be S.M.A.R.T. : Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

I’m still working on fine-tuning my freelance writing goals for the year, but I thought I’d share some freelance goals and ideas to help you as you think about what you want to achieve this year:

  • A higher income: What income do you want? What steps will you take to get there? Do you want to make six figures freelancing?
  • Secure more anchor (steady, monthly) clients: Look back at your inbox to see if there are 2018 clients you could follow up with.
  • More vacation: It’s important to take time off on weekends and for regular vacations. Work “time off” into your salary calculations.  If you want to earn $75,000 freelancing in 2019 and take two weeks off a year, you need to make $1,500 a week.
  • Find more creative work: You might want to stretch your abilities and write essays, find new article ideas for old topics or try something totally different, like telling stories with video.
  • A higher hourly rate: Make sure you aren’t making these money mistakes when pricing your work.
  • Learning a new skill or two: I signed up to freshen up my Google Analytics skills. Here are some ways to invest in yourself as a freelancer.
  • Find a new niche: How to Make More Money Writing for a Niche
  • Improve your portfolio or website or online presence in someway: Add SEO to your website,  update your profile on Contently, Skyword, or Clearvoice, or start a blog to get new followers.
  • Work less hours: Yes, this should be a goal of yours without decreasing your income. Learn more about how many hours freelancers work each week, and, how to become a faster writer.

What are your goals for 2019? Share them in the comments below, or, email me for accountability!

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