Earlier this month, the NHWN bloggers met via Google Hangout. Lee has a nice summary of the evening here. One topic was to share our achievements for 2013 and share some 2014 goals.
The new year brings new opportunities and I’m excited with how 2013 has ended, and inspired for 2014.
Here’s a high-level look at my writing year, my 7th as an independent writer and editor. Some achievements include:
- Financially, I blew my own mind by achieving 6 figures — my highest annual income ever. ‘Freelancing’ doesn’t have to equate to living on a tight budget (although my frugality is still well in place). Many happy dances and loud “Woo Hoo” shouts have echoed through the walls here, especially this month as the goal was realized!
- 3 prior clients came back for more projects. I love building lasting relationships!
- I wrote about small business ownership for American Express at their request.
- I published 4 NH-related travel articles in a regional monthly magazine I loved. (It closed its doors in August, even though it was successful.)
- I blogged here on NHWN weekly for most of the year.
- I converted my website over to WordPress.
- I have a business logo designed.
- I joined a business mastermind group.
2014 business writing and editing wildly inspiring goals include:
- Double my 2013 income
- Gain 12 new long-term clients
- Publish 12 writing-related and 12 small business ownership related e-books
- Use business blog for writing and small biz ownership posts
- Integrate my own photos into blog posts, especially with inspirational sayings on them
- Publish NH and New England travel articles again
I’ve joined a business mastermind group and am now a co-organizer for a NH-focused networking group that plans monthly events. This year I also joined a local Chamber of Commerce and made connections with a networking group focused on New England. These groups will help me meet people (obviously), but also to build relationships and learn more about myself so I can continue to grow and improve overall.
Although my business has international clients, I have a strong desire to work with regional businesses where I can meet face-to-face. Technology is great and telecommuting is fantastic, but I feel there’s more to a client relationship when we can meet in person whenever possible.
I also write and publish fiction and poetry and those accomplishments and goals are separate from my business. Definitely ‘upping my game’ in that area, too!
If you need some help setting writing goals, this article may help: 15 New Year Writing Resolutions to Adopt in 2014 by David K. William of The Web Writer Spotlight.
What is one major goal you have regarding writing in 2014?
Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with businesses of all sizes. She loves writing about NH people, places, and activities. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.