We’re reaching the end of the first month of 2021, and now is probably a good time to start looking back at some of the new year’s resolutions you have made for 2021. This is especially true for freelancers as we all approach the start of a new week, new month, or in this case, a new year with renewed vigor and plans for the future.
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Today, let’s go through some of the resolutions most commonly made by freelancers, and how we can keep them and make it work for this year. Here are a few new year resolution ideas that you could set and keep as a freelancer:
1. Find projects that you enjoy
One of the biggest reasons to head into freelancing is the ability to pick and choose the projects you can work on. So, why do you want to work on projects you think are a slog?
Still, it’s understandable that freelancers find themselves taking on jobs that they don’t enjoy. This could be due to a variety of reasons; whether you want to put some shine on your portfolio, to make some extra money or simply because it’s an easy job.
We would recommend you try to filter out your projects for the remainder of the year by accepting projects and jobs that truly hold value for you as a freelancer. Whether you are a designer, copywriter or videographer, choosing the projects you enjoy doing will allow you to concentrate on growth and development.
2. Focus on your career development
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“New year, new me” is a very common mindset when you’re setting your resolutions. And it’s this “growing” mindset that helps you advance in your own career development. You should be focusing on developing your skills or advancing your career by learning new and emerging technologies or literature relevant to your career. For example, if you’re a graphic designer, you can keep yourself updated on some of the upcoming design trends in 2021.
3. Organize your business
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Sure, being a freelancer may have its perks, but one of the things that remains a common frustration is how to organize your entire workflow as a business. Freelancers are still business owners at the end of the day, so it’s good if you’re able to streamline your entire process from setting up to date profiles, sorting out proposals and creating contract templates. It may be tough if you’re working alone, but this should help you free up some time to focus on finding new projects and work on the more important things.
4. Get payments on time
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This is a crucial change to make as a freelancer. Late payments are a very common disadvantage in freelancing work, and it gets worse if you need to pay the bills. For 2021, try to make it a point to set strict payment schedules upfront when dealing with a client. You shouldn’t have to wait for your clients to clear your repeated payment requests. A good way is to make your payment terms part of your contract to ensure you get paid on time, every time.
5. Adjusting your rates
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If you haven’t increased your rates over the last few years, now is a good time to think about it. You have undoubtedly learned new things and gotten better at doing what you already could. With that experience behind your back, this year could be the perfect moment to let your clients know that you will be raising your freelance rates.
So, how do you go about keeping your resolutions? With the right mindset and a realistic resolution idea, you too can stick to your resolutions and make it work for you.
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