When you think of the best time to set goals you probably envision the beginning of a new year, a new month or anytime that feels like a fresh start. Goal setting should really be something you work on consistently. Tracking your progress and modifying your strategies throughout the year will help you hit your goal faster and keep you focused.
This year, I made it a priority to set big, yet attainable goals for my freelance business. I broke them down into small milestones to tackle every month and work towards crossing them off my list.
Just a few weeks ago, I looked back on my big “year” goals and saw that I have hit all but one! Here are the goals that I set for myself and have accomplished:
- Secured a certain dollar amount in recurring revenue from digital marketing contracts
- Won and completed a certain number of new web design projects
- Refine my accounting system and start paying estimated taxes—yep, I had to pay a penalty last year. OOPS!
The goal that is still in progress is to add a certain number of new projects to my portfolio. I’m well over halfway there, so things are looking good!
A lot of these goals that I made were based on gaining clients, projects and bringing in income, which I think was much needed for the first half of this year.
Now that we are in the last half of 2018, I want to set up new business goals. None of these are focused on gaining more clients or increasing my revenue. I think as I was hustling and getting busy with more projects, I started to neglect the work that needed to be done ON my business. That’s something I’m excited to start focusing on more.
- Create project processes for every project type
- Improve my project management skills
- Take more classes and attend more networking/skill sharing events
- Create a customer service process
- Increase and improve the information on my website
- Create a 2019 business plan
I’m amazed at what I’ve been able to accomplish—sometimes this all doesn’t feel real! This has been a very rewarding journey and it’s only the beginning! What are your business goals for the rest of the year? Comment below =)
“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” –Bill Copeland
Thanks for reading,