A long December and there’s reason to believe
maybe this year will be better than the last…
“A Long December”
2009 was a tremendously challenging year for me, both personally and professionally. But although it was a year of many changes, it was also one of tremendous opportunity. For me, the transition to 2010 is a logical time to pause and examine the direction my business is headed to reaffirm I’m on the right course.
So with that in mind, I’ve identified some plans or aspirations for things I’d like to accomplish to make sure that 2010 is a better year than 2009.
Renewed emphasis on writing. Writing for WebWorkerDaily really is one of the most enjoyable parts of my professional work. It allows me to use my knowledge as a consultant and small business owner, and tie it in with my interest in web working and web applications. It allows me to connect with amazingly smart people and each article I write is a learning experience. Some larger projects and other issues have kept my writing to a minimum over the last few months, but I find I quite miss it and plan to expand my work in this area.
Saying no. 2009 presented me with many opportunities including some that, in retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have taken on. Part of this comes with the expansion of my service offerings, part is due to the economic conditions and not wanting to pass on work, and part is just my natural inclination to want to help. A goal for this year is to be conscious of whether the job, the client, and myself is the right fit – for all of us, before I take on new jobs and new work. I think this is a lesson that one must learn from experience, and one I need to pay careful attention to this upcoming year.
Streamline my focus. As mentioned, I’ve expanded my service offerings over the last few years. This has afforded me a lot of new opportunities, but I think in some ways it has also hampered my overall effectiveness. This year I’m getting back to basics and once again stressing my core competencies. I’m working to better define just what it is I do, and how to best present that to clients.
Get out. I’ve become very active on Twitter over the last year and have made some wonderful connections there. It is easily my most successful networking effort. Judging by the number of laptop laden folks I see at my local Panera, though, there are a lot of freelancers and web workers right here in my area. Like Simon mentioned in his plan, I’d really like to get out and meet more of them. One of my plans for this year then is to try to arrange some local meetups or some other sort of in-person get togethers. I believe there is strength in numbers and only good things can come from getting us all connected.
I have big plans for myself and my business for 2010. How about you?
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