If you’re like me, you’re probably feeling as though you are limping to the end of 2019. In fact, I debated if I would even write blog posts for the next couple of weeks because I figured that most freelancers are ready to switch off for the year. But, I’ve been writing this blog for three full years and I haven’t missed a weekly post in all that time, so I wasn’t about to start now. But this post is short and sweet. I promise.
How to finish the year on the right note
I don’t know about you, but at this time of the year, I’m just trying to find the motivation to finish off articles and not spend hours daydreaming about time by the pool.
I know that must be weird for my readers in the Northern Hemisphere, but my part of the world is baking right now.
Around about this time in previous years I’ve done a review of the year that was, and it’s always been helpful.
But this year I feel exhausted.
I’ve done so much travel, and despite only working three or so days a week, I think I’ve invoiced for around $100K again.
(I’ll post my yearly figures in my first January post).
I feel so grateful that I can earn a good living as a freelance writer, but being a solo-entrepreneur is tiring – you’re pitching, hustling, emailing, talking, interviewing, networking (or not), invoicing, following up, writing, accounting, procrastinating – you get the drift.
And while it’s exhilarating knowing that you’re responsible for every single cent in your bank account, it’s also tiring.
So at the end of 2019, please do this one thing for me.
Celebrate your wins
I know, I know.
Everyone says this, but how many of us actually do it?
Take a few minutes to celebrate your wins.
Whatever they are.
Maybe it was getting up the nerve to talk to an editor over the phone, approaching another writer to ask for help, pitching a new publication, hitting an income target, or frankly, maybe your win was the fact that you stuck with freelancing.
Big or small, it doesn’t matter.
Sometimes it’s easy to feel down that we’re not getting enough commissions, not making enough money, not getting replies from editors.
And those things suck.
But before the year is out please write down (you can even do it in the comments here if you want to share – I’d love that) some or all of your wins.