Getting prepared for next year is extremely important for a number of writers. What will next year bring? What can I look forward to? What can I do differently to promote my work or make more money online? There are a number of things you can do as a freelance writer to make next year better than this year.
The first step in that direction is setting up a plan of action. Whether the plan of action is a general strategy or a detailed writing plan doesn’t make a great deal of difference. What you want to do as a writer is something set in place to work for you to assist with meeting the goals you establish as a freelance writer to make your career better.
These are some of the things to consider when crafting a strategy to build your writing career better than ever. These are ideas to use for positioning a plan of action for the year ahead. All of these include making more money as your profession is increased and your career advances in a positive manner.
a) Write and publish a book
Writing and getting a book published in the coming year is a wonderful writing goal. There are not a lot of us that do not have a dream of someday publishing a book. Getting a book published used to be a daunting task. There was once a time when writers without a literary agent found it nearly impossible. This is no longer the case. Publishing a book is the easy part. The difficult portion of the plan is writing one.
Set goals such as dedicating a set number of minutes a day or hours each week to constructing a plot and characters for your book to take shape. Make certain this is completed by a precise date. Then aim for a day to complete a rough outline for the project. A blueprint to complete a book by the end of the year or this summer is one way to get it done for sure this year.
A number of writers put related articles together to form a fantastic book for publication. Whatever road you take to construction is a good one if you accomplish it.
b) Become an expert in your niche
Experts are what readers are looking for. Branding and a strong online presence can be built with becoming an expert in a specific niche. Not only do readers admire and follow your work with dedication, but fashioning the content is easier the more knowledge and knowhow you hold.
Establishing yourself as an expert in a niche includes setting goals such as ranking higher in search engines in a given area of content, writing a certain number of articles per week or month in the niche and similar goals within the plan of action. Form a starting point and set specific dates for reaching mini goals on the road to becoming an expert in a field.
c) Getting more articles published
Getting more articles published on a specific platform is a simple strategy which takes dedication. The platform can be your website, your blog, a writing website or other focused area you would like to see expanded with more of your content. Imagine what you can accomplish with more passive writing income? Google’s change to their algorithm has created a fluctuation in a number of writer’s passive income that must be corrected with more articles conforming to these changes.
If you are a writer who would like to increase your customer or client listing, getting more articles published is definitely a given in the months ahead. You can create an area of focus to include more articles on a specific subject or idea as a short goal inside of this larger one as a place to start.
d) Building a better professional portfolio
Committing to a goal this year of seeing a better professional portfolio as a writer is a terrific idea. Portfolios for writers are important to display to potential clients and boosting writing resumes. Expanding a writing portfolio with more is always wonderful for any freelance writing career.
This can be realized in a number of ways. For an example, if you want to add grant writing to your freelance writing portfolio set a goal of accomplishing this by the end of the summer. Do some research into grant writing and locate clients to achieve it. If you want to specialize in health and fitness, get more of these articles, blog posts and other written material out there for bulking up the portfolio.
e) Increasing customers and clients
This is an ambition of any writer looking forward to making more money with their efforts. There are a more than a few ways to getting this goal completed.
Writers can enlist the help of sites that connect writers with writing gigs. Generally these are places where employers post writing jobs. Joining these will gain more customers and clients. However, there is usually a fee paid to the site for making the connection.
More customers can be realized with promoting your talents for hire creating a personal website. Advertising writing for hire eliminates the fee paid to writing sites, but the undertaking will put you at risk for clients skipping out on payments and other safety measures these sites afford.
Networking is another resource to use for increasing customers and clients. Use personal connections like other writers and people in the biz to help grow a list of customers that need your services. Let them know you are looking for work and share your resume or portfolio showcasing what you can do.
After reviewing what you have set in motion over the last 12 months, consider how much more you can accomplish in the months to come. Imagine the next step is always bringing you closer to the top of your profession.
What next year holds for your freelance writing career is up to you. Get excited and get busy doing what you do best, writing.