1. Screen my clients.
Writing chops and great work ethic are never enough.
When the chemistry is off, the chemistry is off.
2. Have more fun with my work, but don’t go overboard.
I just discovered how much fun (probably a little too much) I have with using metaphors in my articles.
I’m also learning to tone it down, because less is sometimes more.
3. Attend a networking event.
Ah yes, I’ve yet to attend one.
I blame it on my socially anxious nature, but honestly, I can’t keep on using it as a crutch, can I?
Sometimes I wonder if I’m cut out to run a business.
4. Under promise, over deliver. Or better yet, just keep your promise.
Seth Godin knows what he’s talking about:
5. Start thinking as an entrepreneur
When you have your own writing business, you’re not just a writer.
You’re also an entrepreneur, marketer, sales person, and a cheerleader.
6. Stop beating myself up.
We reassure people when they’re feeling down, but when it comes to our own well-being?
We do the opposite.
We humans are just plain weird.
“Build pockets of stillness into your life.”
– Maria Popova
8. Start treating this blog seriously.
My professional writing > my blogging skills
Brain, what gives?
9. Give cold-emails another chance.
If you’re looking to get more soulmate clients on board, here’s one way you can personalise your cold-emails and actually get a response.
Esther, the marketing strategist who came up with this free guide, is a gem!
10. Appreciate the small wins.
One rad thing about being in the Thrive In Community is I’ve learned how important it is to celebrate all achievements, no matter how small or insignificant I think they are.
11. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.
Stay in the present instead of obsessing about my twilight years.
Turns out there’s a downside to watching Golden Girls reruns – who knew?
12. Reach out to my favourite businesses to see if they’re open to adding a writer to their team.
Dim-witted me only figured this out recently.
I’m excited about this the most!
13. Hit the books.
These days, my brain feels constipated whenever I look at a blank page.
I need fuel – in this case, it’s ma books.
14. Bonus: Break the rules
Be a rebel. I’m not talking about committing a crime. Get that impure thought out of your head.
I’m talking about moving away from the conventional path, and thinking outside the box.
Breaking traditional norms to create something you could call your own could be your killer secret weapon.
Now over to you, what will you be doing differently in 2017?