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Freelancer Writers Share Their Short-Term Business Goals

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May 29, 2018

Some freelancers worry about a summer slowdown before it’s even happened and stress that there will be a dry spell with assignments or that their editors will fall off the face of the earth this season (hey, it happens). Last August, I addressed some things freelancers can do during a summer slowdown to boost their business when they’re not hearing back from clients. I also shared a quote about what to do if you’re experiencing a freelance summer slowdown in this article for Fast Company.

My summer freelance goals for this year are:

Here are summer goals from other freelancers I admire. I’ll add more to this in the coming weeks from freelance writers so check back soon for an expanded list! (Read these freelancers’ definitions of success in this blog post.)

“My short-term summer goal is to be present, both with my writing and my family. When I’m working on a client story I want to try to be fully focused on the assignment through completion (rather than working on little pieces of projects for multiple clients throughout the day) and when I’m spending time with my family I want to do my best not to check e-mails or quickly follow-up with my editors. One of the best things about freelancing is the flexibility it provides me, but if I’m not careful I find I often blur the lines between working and family time, meaning I’m sort of always working which doesn’t give my brain the break it needs to decompress and reboot for creativity.” – Colleen Travers, Freelance Writer and Editor

“My goal this summer is to finish up the book proposal that I have in the works, and to start shopping it around to agents. It’s been in progress for a while now, and while I really enjoy working on it, I tend to put it off for client work. It’s high time to bump myself up on my to-do list!” – K. Aleisha Fetters, Writer, Editor, Personal Trainer

“My goal is to get at least one more brand client and get 1-2 ‘passion story’ assignments (i.e. articles I really care about and am excited about, rather than just paying the bills).” – Brittany Risher, Digital Strategist, Editor, Writer

“I’m always working on time management—I tend to overbook myself (the curse of all freelancers—we worry this assignment might be the last!), and that leads to stressful moments for sure. But the more I take on, the better sense I get of how long certain tasks take me. I’m getting there.” –Melanie Mannarino, Editor, Writer, Content Strategist

“Try to get outside each day that the weather allows; even work outside if/when possible. It is definitely inspiring and energizing.”- Sheryl Kraft, Freelance Journalist

“I’m dying to break into more travel writing publications, so I just grabbed a book by Gabi Logan called The Six Figure Travel Writing Roadmap I’m excited to dig into. The goal is to find five places to pitch and hopefully secure an assignment by the end of August.” – Sarah Li Cain, Multimedia Content Creator

“This summer, I’ve started ‘monthly themes’ to focus on deepening my writing skills and to stay on track with my goals. I’ll spend my lunch hour reading, writing, and pitching along the theme. May was short stories, June is magazines, and July is mythology.” – Brenda Kissko, Freelance Writer

“My summer goal is to watch fewer movies. I find myself talking film more than books at times but I want it to be the other way around. At the same time, writers can learn a lot from watching films (especially good ones).” – Laura Vrcek, Brand Journalist

“I’m spending this summer writing romance novels. I haven’t consistently published since 2015. When I first started writing romance prolifically in 2014, it only took me six months to get to the $2,000/month mark in earnings. I stopped when Amazon got all wishy-washy with rules regarding how they paid self-publishers as opposed to traditionally published authors. It affected earnings and I was dejected. This was one of the biggest mistakes of my writing career. I wish I’d never stopped publishing my little romance novellas. Romance sells, and if I’d kept publishing, I’d probably have 100 to 150 titles under my belt (right now, I’m at about 50), and be earning at least $5,000 to $10,000/month. So I’m back to writing prolifically (eg, putting out 1-2 novellas per month. My goal is to write 6-8 between now and mid-September, when my romance writing course re-opens for enrollment by the way.”– Yuwanda Black, Author, Publisher, InkwellEditorial.com

If one of your goals is to increase your freelance writing income this summer, enroll in my e-course to get started freelance writing and earn more money with higher-paying clients.

What are your summer goals? Share them with me below!

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