Setting Goals: The Freelance Challenge

Setting goals can help you move forward with your freelancing career, just like it did for me.

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I’ve been freelancing since 2009, so I’ve had a long time to build up a portfolio of clients and jobs I can perform. If one isn’t busy, I have other profitable options open to me.

As a freelancer, one of the most important goals you can set is a timeline to earn the money you need. Whether you need $1,000 by the end of the month or $400 in two months, the goal you set helps determine how you approach freelancing work.

When I began, I was so poor that I could not pay rent or buy groceries. My first day freelancing had a simple goal: make enough to buy milk, eggs and bread. I earned $11.01 doing penny tasks on a platform that has now merged into another. At the time, it was ClowdCrowd.

After the first day of reaching a minuscule goal, I knew this was a real way to earn. I got an editing credential and began to edit. A few weeks later, I had my first $200 day.

I worked this job part time for a few years. It kept me afloat, just barely.

For a long time, I managed to earn $1,500 to $2,000 a month would seeing any real fluctuation in what I could earn, but this was enough to pay my bills and survive. When I moved back to America with $1,600 in bills a month, I knew I had to do better and raised my goal to $3,000 a month. Today, I earn well beyond that.

How did I finally change what I earn? I started to apply myself in ways I hadn’t thought about before. Now, I teach with VIPKID, and I kept my other full-time writing job. It is also 100% freelance work. It is stable work, and since I’ve stuck it out for so long, my income has become stable and grown with the company. Where I would once earn $600 for two weeks I now earn $1,300 or more.

At the end of the day, freelancing requires goals. Goals do take time. Make sure your goals are realistic. Put in the time now, so your future can be profitable. If you find yourself struggling, remember, persistence is the key to a freelancer’s life.

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