How to actually achieve your freelance business goals in 2019

This is the third post in a three-part series on annual planning for your freelance business. Read part 1 here and part 2 here.

You should now have a good grip on the state of your freelancing business and some goals for the coming year. This time of year there is lots of discussion about “resolutions,” and I suppose you can think of setting annual goals as deciding on resolutions.

But, most of us aren’t very good at sticking with our resolutions. That’s not what you want when it comes to your business. In this post, I’m going to lay out a step-by-step process for making a practical, realistic plan to achieve your freelance business goals.

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How to assess your freelance business and choose annual goals

Once you’ve done a financial analysis of your freelance business (see previous post) you can start to think holistically. Financial success is important for freelancers, but it’s just one component of success. Chances are that when you got into freelancing you also dreamed about things like having more free time or being able to pursue creative work that you love.

Now’s the time to assess those nonfinancial aspects of your freelancing. The point of this exercise is determine the answers to four questions:

  1. What do you want to do less of?
  2. What do you want to stop entirely?
  3. What do you want to do more of?
  4. What do you want to start?

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