The Freelance Life

The Last 51 Weeks

2012 by Daniel Moyle

If the world does end tomorrow, I may regret this post's title. But then again, if the world ends tomorrow, no I won't. :-) On a slightly less sillier note, you may recall I mentioned last week that December is the time of year many of us like to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re headed. And I’m no exception.

No matter if our accomplishments fell short of our aims or we crossed that personal finish line to achieve the greatness we always knew we had, there are plenty of lessons to take away as we embark on our next adventure. Looking back, I recognized quite a few and thought I’d share them with you.

The Good

I learned ...    

The Bad

I learned ...

The Neutral

I learned ...

To some, these lessons are old news. I'm sure many of you are thinking, "Well, duh? Of course you need a marketing plan, dummy." Don't worry. I forgive you for calling me dumb. ... This time. But I will say that sometimes it takes the act of sitting down, reviewing your process, and writing out your weaknesses to truly get your butt in gear.

The last 51 weeks have been a doozy, but honest introspection can help you stop repeating the same mistakes next year. You can only dwell for so long on what went askew before you say, "Here's where I am. Now, how do I get to where I want to be?" Hopefully, I've recognized many of the troubled spots and the new year will bring greater prosperity, wisdom and growth.

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What lessons have you learned this year about your freelance business? How will you change things next year?

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