We’re well into 2014 by now. How are you coming with your annual freelance web design business goals?
That’s what I thought. But don’t worry. It’s not just you. Most of us are behind on our goals.
One of the biggest perks of freelancing is also one of the biggest problems. To be precise, the problem is the fact that you don’t answer to a boss.
Most freelancers that I know love the fact that no one is looking over their shoulder to make sure that they get their work done. And I agree. Not having a boss can be great.
- Want a day off? Just take it.
- Having trouble getting started in the morning? No problem. Get up later.
- Don’t feel like working today? Then don’t.
- Do you dread working with that problem client today? Put it off until tomorrow.
You get the picture. There’s a lot of freedom when you’re a freelancer.
Unfortunately, sometimes that freedom means that you don’t get your work done. You may miss deadlines. You may not keep up with your accounting tasks. You might put off marketing until you have no clients coming in.
It’s easy to see how freelancing freedom can be detrimental to your web design business.
Fortunately, you can do something about it. You can choose to be accountable. In this post, I’ll explain how accountability can improve your productivity and help you to get more done. I’ll also describe what to look for in an accountability partner and list some possible accountability partners.
As a freelance designer who works hard, you probably pride yourself on the quality of your work. And with good cause. You know that your work is good.
But, doing good work and having a professional business mindset are different things. To truly succeed as a freelance design professional, you actually need both.
In this post, I’ll explain the importance of having a professional business mindset. I’ll also provide a 22-point checklist you can use as a guideline to find out whether you could improve on your professionalism.
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