7 New Year Goals for Your Freelancing Career 

7 New Year Goals for Your Freelancing Career 

It’s the time of the year again where we try to start anew and be better people in general. How was your new year’s resolution last year? Did you hit any milestones? Chances are, you haven’t.

In fact, there is a study by Strava that found out people quit their New Year’s resolution as early as the  12th day of the year. Even if you start with the Gregorian Calendar January 1 New Year or a much later Chinese New Year, you would not have made it through the entire year.

 

Set Goals, Not Resolutions

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Set Goals, Not Resolutions

That’s understandable. Resolutions hold a lot of weight and pressure on us. It’s firmly reforming ourselves to an ideal self, which is usually all or nothing. And it adds that we try to resolve something we hate in ourselves. 

It might work for some (around 8% keep their resolutions), but we tend to hate ourselves more if we don’t hit it. It’s a never-ending cycle of self-hate and disappointment.

On the other hand, goals are just guiding targets that we hit to be focused on our efforts. Proper goals are specific and challenging enough to stretch us. But not so hard that it discourages us from attaining it. With that said, here are 7 New Year goals for your freelancing career.

 

Career Development and Personal Growth

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Career Development and Personal Growth

You have to be upskilling to remain relevant in your freelancing career. What you know now might not be the most effective practice in the future. Assess yourself. What needs to be improved in your skillset for the next year? (You can check out this link for sample self-assessment test.)

Make sure to be informed by taking classes and attending seminars related to your field and personal growth.

 

Be Active in Communities

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Be Active in Communities

Another way to upskill is to be active in freelancing communities. Communities (such as the FFAC group) contribute insights and updates in the industry. Sometimes, it also has free webinars you can consume to enhance your craft.

 

Network with People

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Network with People

More than the learnings, it’s also a way to network with people in your field. In business, it’s not what you know but who you know that counts. And freelancing should be treated as a business.

With the wider network, you can gain more reach for potential clients. If you do your craft well, you can get referred by your friends. But don’t do this for the sake of money. Just genuinely be interested in meeting new people. Forge new relationships. Regardless if you get monetary compensation or not, you might have found a lifelong friend in the process.

 

Reconnect With People

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Reconnect With People

New and old relationships should be nurtured. Being a freelancer is a lonely road. You don’t get to meet a lot of people. And most of our friends don’t experience the lifestyle we do have. That’s why for this year, aim to reconnect with your friends.

Why not chat with them over video or a messaging app just to catch-up or banter. Also, you can set the time for a reunion. These relationships are priceless. So aim to cultivate them further.

 

Protect Your Mental Health

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Protect Your Mental Health

It’s the year to finally think about your mental health. Freelancers experience not only loneliness but also burnout, especially if you are juggling many clients. 

It’s time to step aside and relax. Meditate. Spend time for vacations.

You might think that you are wasting your billable time with these activities. I did so too. But, the healing you get from this respite will boost your productivity more than you can imagine. 

 

Raise Your Prices and Delegate

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Raise Your Prices and Delegate

Last year was a productive year. You learned a lot and gained new clients. And you get referred by a lot of people nowadays.

The problem is, you may not have the time to cater to all possible clients next year. Time to exclaim the proverbial: “Sana all.” Kidding aside, this truly happens when you do the right things. 

If you can’t manage all the opportunities, it might be time to raise your prices. Yes, ask for an increase. And when you’re at it, check for tasks and projects that can be delegated to other freelancers. With your supervision, you can have more income this coming year.

 

Register your Freelancing Business

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Register your Freelancing Business

If you haven’t already, legalize your profession. It’s time to register as a freelancer in the Philippines. You may not be nationalistic to “help your country by paying taxes.”

But think about it. When you register, you can now offer your services to more prominent corporations. You finally have a receipt!

You can also use your tax returns for different purposes, like visa and loan applications. It might be an added expense, but it can definitely benefit you.

 

Conclusion

There are a lot of goals that we can set for next year. With these 7 in mind, I hope you reach newer heights in your freelancing career. Good luck!

 

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