Get Inspired! My Mentors’ New Year’s Resolutions for Freelancers

Carol Tice

Fireworks bursting in a black night skyWell, this is it. Wrap it up with a bow — 2012 ends tonight.

It’s time to reflect on what we’ve done as writers in the past year, and look ahead to what we want to write in the coming year.

If you don’t set a course, odds are high you won’t end up where you wanted to go.

My goals are pretty simple: write more ebooks, and work fewer hours. And of course, continuing to figure out how to make Freelance Writers Den more and more useful and valuable to members.

I want to prune my freelance client list and focus it more on assignments that relate to the writing life, which has slowly become my core topic. I’m hoping to do more work like my posts for FreelanceSwitch and articles for The Writer’s Market.

Then, I want to make more time for creating my own products, including updating my original Make a Living Writing ebook and splitting it into several smaller ebooks.

I’m ready to explore the world of Kindle ebooks and ebook marketing more in the coming year, to see if I could create a passive income stream and/or grow my blog audience through that channel. Several thousand people have downloaded my first Kindle ebook co-written with Linda Formichelli, 13 Ways to Get the Writing Done Faster, in just its first few weeks of release…so I take that as an encouraging sign that I should put out more ebooks.

I’ll also be looking at iTunes podcasts and YouTube videos as possible ways to bring new readers to this blog.

Finally, it’s seriously time to get more efficient. In the years when I was ramping up this blog, workaholism became the norm. I’m ready to kick the 8-to-midnight shift and weekend work time and get back to sane hours again, so watch for posts about how I’m doing that next year.

For a bit more inspiration, I asked a few of my friends and mentors in writing, blogging, and marketing if they’d share their outlooks on 2013 as well. It turned out to be a fascinating array of ideas — including some about our whole annual resolution ritual!

If you don’t know these folks, you might want to check them out. They’ve all inspired me and helped me move this blog forward in some way.

Peter Bowerman of The Well-Fed Writer“I don’t set goals, and I don’t make resolutions – never have. I let things unfold organically, when the time is right. Still manage to be pretty productive, despite this (in the eyes of most of our achievement-obsessed culture, no doubt) crippling liability… ;)”–Peter Bowerman, The Well-Fed Writer book and blog

James Clear“I’m setting a goal of never missing a workout in 2013. I’ve got a 5-month streak going right now, and hopefully I can keep it alive.”–James Clear

Tom Ewer, Leaving Work Behind“My New Year’s resolution is to diversify. I established a solid base for myself in 2012 and now I want to strengthen my position by establishing multiple streams of significant income (i.e. four figures or more per month) in 2013. I’m excited for my plans which incorporate freelance writing, information products, eBooks, blogs and perhaps even more!”–Tom Ewer, Leaving Work Behind

Linda Formichelli, The Renegade WriterI don’t really do resolutions, but my theme in 2013 is to live according to my values. I’ve been reading about the ‘values gap,’ where we say our values are one thing, but when you look at our actions, there’s a gap between our values and what we actually do. My values for me and my family are fun, compassion (especially for other writers, who I mentor and teach), and health. I’ve been finding some value gaps there, so in 2013 my goal is to be aware in the moment where I have a value-driven choice and to make the right decision.”–Linda Formichelli, Hero’s Journey Content

Ed Gandia, International Freelancers Academy“Most of us drastically underestimate what we can accomplish—myself included. So I’m taking steps to get out of that cycle. More than a resolution, this is going to be my theme for the coming year. Everything I do professionally will need to pass the “Is this big enough?” test.

“In my freelance work, I’m determined to stretch myself in every way—better clients, higher fees, more interesting projects. And in my work with other freelancers, I’m committed to working on bigger ideas, as well as delivering transformative results and more focused training.”–Ed Gandia-Founder, International Freelancers Academy

Jeff Goins, GoinsWriter“My resolution is to stop making resolutions and start making more decisions.”–Jeff Goins, GoinsWriter

Derek Halpern, Social Triggers“In 2013, I want to share more of what I know with everyone. Over the last 7 years, I’ve devoured hundreds of books, thousands of academic papers, and an ungodly number of blog posts. To date, much of this knowledge resides in my head. Thus far, over at Social Triggers, I’ve written less than 100 blog posts and created two training courses.

By the end of 2013, I’d like to have 6 training courses, another 100 blog posts, and most important, I want more than 100,000 people who can stand up and say, “Derek helped me with…”–Derek Halpern, Social Triggers

Danny Iny, Firepole Marketing/Mirasee“One of my “big goals” for 2013 is to broaden my thinking and focus – for my business, and for the scope of impact that I want to have on the world. So far, we’ve been flying by the seat of our pants, and growing incrementally – looking for what seemed to be next from where we were.

Going forward, I want to spend a lot more time and energy *creating* the opportunities for the greatest impact that I know my team and I can have.”–Danny Iny, Firepole Marketing

Headshot of Jon Morrow from Boost Blog Traffic “My resolution is to put someone else’s name beside everything on my to-do list, and if I don’t have anyone, I’ll find them.”–Jon Morrow, Boost Blog Traffic

Bamidele Onibalusi, YoungPrePro“My resolution for the new year is to create more passive income from my writing. Most of my effort has been devoted to working for clients and I only get paid for hours worked; I want to change this in the new year. I’ll be launching a product and two that will leverage the power of my writing to sell.”–Bamidele Onibalusi, YoungPrePro

Sean Platt“In 2013, the most important thing in my writing business is to understand the purpose behind everything I write. With only so many hours every day, the words I finish before each one ends are all I’ll have to show for that time – forever. Sometimes I write for assets, and sometimes for fun. Sometimes I’m trading time for money, and sometimes I write to know myself better.

All of these are fine, but knowing what I’m writing and why – before I mar the blank page – is essential to a bigger, better year.”–Sean Platt

John Soares, Productive WritersMy key goal for 2013 is a better work/life balance. I’ve made good progress on this in recent years, but I want to spend even less time working and even more time traveling, hiking, and enjoying my friends and family. I’ll achieve this by increasing both my hourly rate and my work efficiency.” John Soares, ProductiveWriters.  

Johnny B Truant“I’d like to be making enough money this year from my fiction writing that if I wanted to (I won’t), I’d be able to stop doing everything else I do to make money.”–Johnny B Truant


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  1. Monica Carter Tagore

    Loved this post, Carol! I don’t make resolutions, but I do set a vision for the year sometime around my birthday, which is pretty early in January. I’m big into goals and have managed to hit some significant ones. But I’ve begun to notice that my work-life balance is a bit off, as I, like you, often work late into the night. Especially since adding a blog a year ago. So one thing I will be working on this year is still being productive, but being that way at a more reasonable hour as I go into the 11th year of running my writing (actually, writing and design) business.

  2. Peter D. Mallett

    I’ve read some inspiring posts in the last few days, but this post is the most exciting so far. I will be setting goals of course, but I am still working on them. Thanks for all you do (even if you want to do less). 😉

  3. J'aime Wells

    Great post! so many people quoted that I respect, and such a variety of resolutions, goals, themes, and “none of the above.” It’s good to be reminded that one size doesn’t fit all.

  4. Teressa Campell

    I feel like I have found a goldmine in your website. I linked through from after finding her site in a Google search. I can’t even remember what I was trying to find. What caught my eye was the information regarding writing for peanuts. I have recently started to pursue a freelance writing career as I work toward shedding my full time corporate position. Unfortunately, my first introduction to freelance writing was to write 10 articles ranging in word count between 300 – 700 words. I was so excited for being paid to write, albeit at roughly 1 1/2 cents per word. Then I realized that this was not going to work if I wanted to trade my current job for a full time writing career. That is when I found your sites and they gave me hope that I could make a living writing. So here are three of my goals for 2013:

    1. Stop writing for content mills.
    2. Make contact with at least 10 potential new clients a month (since I do have a full time job)
    3. Create enough income from my writing to be able to turn in my resignation.

    I can’t thank you and enough for getting me on track to launch my writing career. Oh and I also have to say thank you for the link through to Jon Morrow’s site — another great mentor!

  5. Alice Knisley Matthias

    Hi Carol,

    Thank you for another year of great advice. Keep up the great work!


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