I love a new year. It’s all about clean slates and possibilities. Anything could happen. This could be the year everything changes and gets a million percent better. It could be the year everything clicks. It could be the first day of the rest of your life. I truly believe that it’s possible to just get better and better every year. . . even if it’s just in teeny tiny increments.
As I look back on my years of freelancing, I’m super proud of what I’ve done and how far I’ve come. I’ve also noticed some patterns and missteps I wished I had avoided. There have been times I could have made some really big moves. . . if only I would have had the foresight to get the hell out of my own way.
So often we freelancers forget that the project means a lot more to the client than it does to us. That’s because it’s their baby. They created–gave birth–to it. They nurtured it and put in the hard work to get it where it is today. And then they realized they could only do so much for it and handed it over to us to give it a push to get it to the next level.
You don’t want to limit yourself as a business owner. You got into the freelance world because you like to play by your own rules and don’t want to conform to anyone else’s standards. It’s part of your passion to make your own way.
So I’ve got big news. I’ve made it to the big league.
Pop quiz, hotshot! If someone were to come up to you today and ask you very specific details about your freelance business, do you think you could hand them over? Do you have a real grasp on the details of your company or are you flying by the seat of your pants?