Have you got some aims for 2019? I mentioned some in my post the other day but I didn’t mention about my work. That’s because I was going to write this post, talking about how I plan to increase my work in 2019. Now, as you may already know, I do a few different things for an income: freelance writing, virtual assistance, blogging and proofreading. I have some regular clients for each and they bring in an okay income each month.
As someone who has increased their income each year of this new found career of mine, I of course want to continue to grow. But how? I hope to be in a more stable financial position in the next couple of months to invest more into my work to help me in my growth but I might have to consider a small business loan in the meantime. So how do I plan to do this?
First of all, I need to pitch more. I receive emails with freelance writer jobs, I’ve got pages bookmarked of places which accept submissions but my belief in myself always stops me from pitching. I just keep thinking I’ll get rejected – and I probably will for some – but I may also get accepted for some – which I will never know if I don’t try.
I actually received a wonderful email about potentially doing some freelance writing for a magazine and while this fell through which is disappointing, they are keeping me on their files for the future so I am keeping my fingers crossed.
For this, I need to say yes more but also say no more. I need to learn not to undersell myself – although this can be tempting when I’ve got next to no money in my bank account. I need to say no to appalling rates – I do mostly but I could definitely be more tough – but I also need to say yes to more things – I am always being invited to events but usually can’t go because of childcare or just being too anxious to go. I need to say yes more as who knows what they could lead to for me?
I currently have a number of different clients who I love working for. My main client I do FB page and group management, social media scheduling and social media promotion for them, others is social media scheduling, social media promotion or chore threads. It’d be nice to find a few more clients this year – I am very lucky in that my clients all recommend me when they see people asking for VA’s – that’s actually how I grew to so many clients in the first place.
This fell to the wayside a little in 2018. I did a few bits here and there for people but not much. I’m not too bothered about this being the least used of my skills as its the one I like doing the least but it would be nice to build it up a little more again for 2019.
This is how I plan to grow my work in 2019 – how do you plan to grow?