Weekly Wrap-Up #13- Freelancing Frustrations and Goals

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Moving right along…

The start of a new month brings a chance to review and refine goals.

I haven’t set goals with regards to freelancing lately, and that probably has something to do with business feeling like it’s at a standstill. I’ll admit, I haven’t had much motivation to seek out new opportunities in recent weeks.

I know a lot of people get into freelancing in order to get out of a regular job, but that wasn’t the case for me. Freelancing sort of fell into my lap a little over 2 years ago, and it made perfect sense at the time. Staying at home with my daughter and living in a foreign country, writing work was truly ideal for my situation. Writing allowed me to finally get out of student loan debt, and I loved the fact that I was able to bring in an income.

Freelancing Frustrations

I still love to write as much as ever, but it gets frustrating trying to find consistent work. I’m sure most freelance writers out there can relate at some point. When you’re seeking more work, you really have to put yourself out there. Freelance writing and blogging is competitive, and most of the time, opportunities do not come knocking at your door- you need to find them. I guess I’ve just been feeling a little fatigued lately, and I’ve focused my attention more on personal projects.

So I’m not going to set income goals for freelancing this month (I usually keep those to myself, anyway). I don’t want to feel bummed out if I miss my target. What I am going to do is try to find at least 2 new assignments/leads to help boost my motivation, and hopefully my income. I love freelance writing, so I can’t see giving it up and throwing in the towel anytime soon!

Blog-related goals

– Continue to grow Twitter following (connect with me!)

– Continue to publish at least 2 posts per week

-Get Alexa Rank below 100,000

Alexa rank update: 117,166.  Not much change with the rank this past week.  It seems to go up and down every few days, but the significant drops have really slowed down.  Still aiming to get my rank down even lower!

Recently enjoyed posts:

Budget Travel: 5 Ways I Paid for my Last Vacation by Stefanie at The Broke and Beautiful Life

Small Baby, Small Apartment, Small Budget by Andrew at Living Rich Cheaply

This is Why I Blog by Girl Meets Debt

Hope you had a great week!

23 comments on “Weekly Wrap-Up #13- Freelancing Frustrations and Goals

  • John @ Sprout Wealth , Direct link to comment

    I can relate to your frustrations. We deal with it with our business as well as there is always someone out there willing to do something at a price lower than you are, it’s just the nature of the beast unfortunately. Like Holly said though, the key is to finding those consistent and ongoing jobs.

    • Lauren , Direct link to comment

      Yeah, I look back and shake my head at some of the prices that I was willing to accept when starting out. Sometimes it can be hard to find the balance of working for what you deserve, or not working at all if the pay is unacceptable.

  • E.M. , Direct link to comment

    Good luck finding new leads! I’m trying to get started with freelancing, and it is pretty tough. You really have to put yourself out there. I think my Alexa ranking has been a little up and down lately, too.

    • Lauren , Direct link to comment

      Thanks E.M.! Once you get started freelancing, I’m sure you’ll be able to keep the momentum going.

  • Mel @ brokeGIRLrich , Direct link to comment

    Good luck with the Alexa ranking!

    I was holding steady around 140,000 for a few months, but recently noticed it dropped down to 170,000. I don’t totally get how it all works anyway – and since I’ve never really changed how I approach my blog, I guess I’ll just keep at it like usual instead of worrying over it too much.

    • Lauren , Direct link to comment

      It’s definitely a mystery how they determine that number. I’m getting a little tired of focusing on it too, but I have about 2 months left with the Yakezie challenge. After that, I probably won’t pay attention to it!

  • Girl Meets Debt , Direct link to comment

    I don’t freelance but I can imagine how competitive and challenging it must be. I’m happy to hear that you won’t be throwing in the towel anytime soon though. Good luck with your search! Thank you for including my post. Enjoy the rest of your week. 🙂

  • DC @ Young Adult Money , Direct link to comment

    I think sometimes freelance income goals can be misleading because the ultimate income isn’t always up to you. You might reach out to 100 people/companies and get only one job. The next month you might reach out to 20 people and get 10 jobs. You can only control how you go about pursuing clients and play the numbers game. I think knowing your ‘floor’ is good too. I lost a spreadsheet client (I used to do spreadsheet work on an ad hoc basis for a client) because I doubled my rate. But honestly I was charging far too low considering it was taking up a lot of free time.

    • Lauren , Direct link to comment

      You’re so right. It really is a numbers game, and a lot of time, you get out what you put in, at least to some degree.

  • J Rodriguez @ CNA , Direct link to comment

    I can definitely understand frustrations over unsteady work. Freelance writing can get that way some times. I think putting aside the income goal and setting up a 2 new project goal is a good way to bring your mojo back! I hope it works out for you!

  • Andrew@LivingRichCheaply , Direct link to comment

    Thanks for the mention Lauren. Sometimes I think I idealize freelancing…thinking that I should quit my job and do that instead but it’s not that easy as you mentioned. Hope you had a great weekend.

    • Lauren , Direct link to comment

      Yeah, it does sound ideal, especially when you see other people’s killer income reports. I’m planning to get back into the “regular” workforce this year, so freelancing will probably become more of a side hustle for me eventually.

  • Holly@ClubThrifty , Direct link to comment

    The key to making a living at freelancing is to find consistent, recurring jobs. Once you build up a certain number of weekly or bi-weekly jobs, things get much easier!

  • debt debs , Direct link to comment

    Congrats on your accomplishments thus far! Is the freelancing writing you do all personal finance related or do you write on other topics? Could you venture out of your comfort zone and write in other subject areas, maybe not as an expert but a beginner?

    • Lauren , Direct link to comment

      Thanks Debs! I do take on assignments for a variety of topics, but I try to maintain a focus on the things that I feel most comfortable writing about.

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