by Jargon Writer

Writing my way to becoming a freelancer

Goals

These are my goals for developing my freelance writing business.

This Week: (3/8-3/14)
-Collect one sample of good writing and analyze
-Begin query letter & research possible publications
-Client Proposal Mtg (Tues PM)
-Proofread websites for DU
-Type up how-to (?) set up domain name

This Month (Mar):
-Attend or sign-up for a business networking event (via Meetup.com)
-Call printer; check into having business cards printed professionally
-Write query and send to 2 business publications for possible article
-Write 2nd article for We The ‘Bistro
-Collect one sample of good writing and analyze
-Add website to business card design & order cheap cards from free website

This Week: (3/1-3/7)
-DONE! Client Proposal & Estimate (client via Dsgnr Unlimited)
-DONE! 2 articles for Holistic Website
-DONE! Conceive concept for Ryan Paugh / www.sxgeny.com guest post (start post?)

This Week: (2/22-2/26)
-N/A Edit Sample Assignment (web content) for potential client
-DONE! Draft Sales Letter for Pet Portrait Artist (will add to portfolio after she does the design/layout)
DONE! Write Guest Post for Andrea at Hello. {Work}
DONE! Research requirements for registering a small business in NY (check links Parker provides)

Last week (2/1-2/6):
DONE!-Check out www.notes-in-the-margin.com, recommended by Parker in Chap 1.
DONE!-Check out www.inkthinkerblog.com, recommended by Parker in Chap 1.
DONE!-Look into writing articles for free for ezinearticles.com (mentioned in chap 1)
-Find 3 graphic designers with different price points to network with for work
DONE!-Do research on creating a personal website (ie. talk to Danny, my wed developer friend)
DONE!-Develop an outline for a business plan

This Month (Feb):
DONE! Creating sample brochure / press release / company profile
-Attend or sign-up for a business networking event (via Meetup.com)
-Send out 2 query letters
DONE! Finish designing business cards
-Order a batch of above business cards
-Talk to other freelancers and ask for recommendations on tax experts
-Look up local business laws & regulations for writers

In the next 6 months:
-Get pricing from graphic designers who may be interested in networking
-Make $500 in one month
-Create a brochure, price list, etc.
-Create and launch a personal website

In the next year:
– nothing here yet, other than continuing to try and make more money

Ongoing:
-Collect appealing samples
-Network
-Build client base

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9 Comments »

  1. […] Goals […]

    Pingback by Getting Started as a Home-based Writer (chap 1) « by Jargon Writer | January 28, 2010 | Reply

  2. What kind of designer are you looking for?

    Comment by Smith+Fritzy | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  3. Graphic designers, web designers, etc. People to network with who have skill sets different from my own, so that if they have clients who need writing they can refer them to me, and if I have clients who need design services, I can refer those clients to them. I’m hoping to find 3 people in each of the categories I’m looking for – a low price point, a medium price point and a high price point – so I can refer customers based on what they are looking for.

    Comment by mbreau | February 2, 2010 | Reply

  4. Looks like you’re already making great headway on your goals for the month! If you’re looking for some graphic designers, I know one freelancer in particular that specializes in book covers, business graphics & web sites (her website: http://www.cynergiestudio.com/). Send me a message if you’re interested and I can help you get connected.

    Also, I’ve used Meetup.com for some business events and they’re usually packed full of interesting people!

    Good luck.

    Comment by Carlee | February 9, 2010 | Reply

  5. Hi Carlee – I’ll definitely shoot you an email!

    Comment by mbreau | February 9, 2010 | Reply

  6. Great goals here, and great o see how many you have accomplished already! Freelancing is a tough thing to get going, as I do it myself from time to time (As a graphic designer, need another one? 🙂

    Some sites I find useful for finding jobs and/or providers are elance, odesk and guru (all .com) They have a lot of stuff available and make it real easy for freelancers to find jobs.

    Good luck with the rest of your goals!

    Comment by Mike | February 19, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Mike – thanks for the tips!

      Comment by mbreau | February 19, 2010 | Reply

  7. Hi Melissa,
    These look like great goals. With so many items it definitely makes sense to break them down into weekly goals; I bet it would be easy to let them all pile up till the end of the month otherwise.

    I’m sure you’re familiar with his blog, but if ever, Ramit Sethi (www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com)has a TON of tips on how to get your business off the ground, what to prioritize, how to tell if you’re successful, etc. It may be helpful in your freelance endeavours..

    Good luck!

    Comment by Claire V | March 3, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks Claire – I’ll definitely check out the link. BTW great post on organizing meetings 🙂

      Comment by mbreau | March 3, 2010 | Reply


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