I started the year writing about the challenges of goal-setting and the need for accountability. I made the commitment to report my progress for goal setting.
Here are the goals and the final progress update for 2021.
Goal 1: Prepare for 2022 by increasing my knowledge base and improving my writing skills.
- Look into new skills that will make me more diverse and marketable
- Find free resources
- Create a “learning” budget I can use on courses
- Dedicate a set time for reading and learning.
- 15 minutes at the start of every work day
- Create themes for the month to focus the learning
- Repurpose my learning into a monthly blog
How did I do?
-I never set a budget.
-Free resources: I read a few articles.
-Repurposing my learning into a monthly blog: Nope.
Progress: For December, I give it a D. I did do some reading, but there’s no budget or blog writing.
For the whole year, a C because I initially did better about the reading and wrote a few blogs. It tapered off as 2022 continued. I took AWAI’s course and earned their certification.
Goal 2: Reduce my dependence on Upwork clientele while finding opportunities for byline publication.
The majority of my current income stream is from off-Upwork clients. I had a chance at a byline opportunity for an Upwork-source client, but they flaked out. Despite calling me a “great writer” and rating me “5 stars,” I was dropped after writing four trial articles.
Progress: B for December because not scouting for new work outside Upwork.
For the whole year, A-. I landed a big fish client that pays well outside of Upwork. Now more of my income stream is off-Upwork. I still need byline opportunities.
Goal 3: Maintain income stream of <confidential> through 2021. That’s an average of <confidential> per month.
I finished the year 163% above my target for the month with no outsourcing needed and a vacation the whole last week.
For the whole year, I was 64% average my target monthly income.
Progress: A . Despite personal challenges, I maintained my monthly target income. My income stream was the best since I began freelancing.
I look forward to setting new goals for 2022.