2016. I'M OUT. But, before I go...Reflection.
Reflection. There's no better time than the end of the year to think back on the last 12 months of your life. How are you different now than you were at the beginning of the year? Here are some aspects of your freelance life to reflect on to help you start plotting your New Year's resolutions.
1. Werk, werk, werk, werk, werk
The song that made you want to do everything but work. The reality is, as a freelancer you had to have some kind of hustle to get by this year. Think about the jobs you worked on that you are most proud of. How did you get them? How can you get more of them in the new year?
2 Where did your time go?
Time is precious; how you spend it is really important. Were you as productive as you could have been in getting work done and achieving your goals? Did you reach a good work-life balance? Here are some tips on how to be more efficient with your time in 2017.
3. Google **insert name**
Admit it. You've Googled yourself. And, if you haven't, you probably should. If your name isn't appearing on the first results page, think about how you can boost your digital footprint. Using SEO optimization, regularly updating your website, and posting on your blog or social media channels will help you raise your online profile. We recommend checking out Growth Geeks to help you hack your internet presence in 2017.
4. Hi, my name is....!
Meeting new people and growing out networks is a huge part of succeeding as a freelancer. Did you meet new people that helped you secure work? Did you go to events and put yourself out there? What went well and what could you do more of next year? Check out this link and see if you tried all these ideas to expand your network.
5. Who's in your posse?
Freelancing can be lonely, so ensuring you have friends around you who understand the demands of your lifestyle is key. Identify who these people have been in your life this year and make a commitment to spend more time with them face-to-face. Grab a coffee or take a walk in the park together every now and then. Click here for more ideas on how to stay connected to others.
6. Oh snap!
You deserve to get paid in a timely manner. Do you know how much money clients owe you? Have you set payment terms for work? It's not rocket science, freelancers who ask for their money get paid faster. If you have clients that don't prioritize paying you, you shouldn't prioritize working for them in the new year.