We set goals like:
– I will make $3,000 in April from eBook Ghostwriting;
– I will make $500 from my eBooks sales in the first month upon publishing;
– I will write 24,000 words as part of my ongoing paranormal romance novella series project; and so on.
But do we have a clear target where the income will come from? Well, some will say YES, other will say NO. What I can say, the “Nos” can change their mindset to a big “YES” with mindful goal setting strategies. You don’t need thousands of goals to succeed as a freelancer. That is where most of us fail at it – setting many goals and plans and acting on non of them.
How do you watch your goals?
Freelancing is about selling your passions and services to different clients without a long-term agreement. Thus, one of the things to keep in mind is that there is no any LONG-TERM AGREEMENT. You are not guaranteed that tomorrow will be “green.” You need to plan for clients who will keep your schedule busy and bank “biggy” for a long-term period. That is the best plan you can make in your freelancing career. You’ll need to write the approaches that you will embrace when finding these gigs.
Will you consider job boards like Craigslist? Or you will go for platforms like Upwork? What about pitching various companies in your area of interest? It will be upon you to make the decision during the goal planning process. Such a move will determine whether you will succeed in a given period of your freelancing career.
Moreover, you might have the goals in your mind, but end up getting other “seemingly promising” gigs that don’t align with your goals. How do you handle such gigs? Most people will jump into them and end up forgetting what they had planned upfront. When things go south, they get lost. They lose focus! They end up blaming the clients forgetting that they messed up when planning.
The best way to watch your goals is to write down three goals that you give the top most priority in your freelancing career. Next, ensure that you work on these goals annually, monthly, and on a daily basis. When new opportunities knock, you will still schedule time for them while at the same time not forgetting your goals. At times, you can sync such opportunities with your plans and goals.
Setting your top priority goals!
You are in freelancing mainly because of one of the following three reasons:
From my past research among freelance writers, most of them are in freelancing because of one of the above reasons. Others, like me, are here because of all the three reasons. When setting your first goal in the priority list, think about what makes you consider freelance writing. What brought you here? There must be a reason. Put that reason as the first goal. If it’s not money, put money as the second reason!
Nobody will do anything in this world without motivation. There must be a motivating factor. Politicians become politicians because of the masses. Leaders become leaders because of their abilities to influence followers. The clergy is there because of the worshipers. Every person does something because they are habitually motivated to do it. In freelancing, money will motivate you. While freedom and passion will make you stay here, the stay can be short-lived if there are no returns. That is why most freelancers have office jobs where they work from 9 to 5. Money pays your bills. Money makes you flexible. With it, you can get new equipment for your freelancing life and so on.
How do you set “money” goals?
If you set goals like “make $10,000 in freelancing this year” and leave it at that point, you need to improve your goal setting strategies. You need to split the goal into achievable plans. How do you go about it?
1. Find areas in your freelancing career that can and will bring you money.
Such areas include eBook writing, review writing, affiliate sales (if you have a niche site), product sales, and so on. If you are great at review writing, find how many reviews you can write per day when jobs are many and available. You should also find the least you can make from reviews when jobs are few. Finish by finding the average.
Let’s say you can write five (1,000 words) reviews perday when jobs are available, and you can get at least two such reviews when jobs are few. The average is about 3,500 words per day. That is about $35 per day from review writing (at the rate of $10 per review). I will assume you work 20 days per month and 10 months per year. The total will be about $7,000. You only need $3,000 to achieve your annual goal. You can do the same in eBook writing and affiliate sales.
2. Break your goals into monthly plans and daily schedules.
If your goal is to make 10 grand in a year, and you can perfectly work for 10 months, then put a monthly plan. The plan should be “make $1,000 in this month.” You should then break the plan into daily achievable tasks and schedules. Such tasks can be “write five 1,000 words reviews to make $50 today. It will be upon you to get clients or businesses that need such reviews.
How do you set other top priority goals?
We are done with money goals, but life is not all about money. You need to read. You need to travel. There is a family that needs your attention. What about your passions and hobbies? Well, if your next interest in freelancing is blogging and offering valuable information, plan how many posts you want to make in the month. You should further break the goal into daily or weekly tasks. Such tasks can be “write and post three articles of about 1,000 words this week.”
In a similar note, plan on the books that you want to read. Are you interested in tech? Or maybe finance? You should find a book for every month in the year. I recommend that you read at least one book monthly. In case you like movies, plan for your movie moments. Some documentaries come in the form of movies, and they are as good as books.
To succeed as a freelancer, it’s not about applying for jobs and getting clients. It’s about setting serious, achievable goals. Remember that you are the manager of your business. You are the CEO. You determine whether your “organization” will succeed or not. You need timely goals. I hope the above insights might be of help in your career!