I’m Back!

I’m back!

I cannot believe it’s been two months since my last post. Things have been very busy with a job change and some life changes but it’s finally calmed down.

I’ve been working on doing some other home based things and was thinking today at the gym that I hadn’t posted in a while. When I logged on to see when my last post was, I was shocked! Okay, enough babbling. I’m starting to look for new clients again and reaching out to former ones as well. I said in a previous post that I wanted to be out of the 9-5 by the end of this summer. That sadly isn’t going to happen.

I said I took a new job. Well, I did as a Mortgage Assistant closer to home. It will allow me to not only have a sustainable income but will also allow me to hopefully work more on my freelancing at a reasonable pace. I’ve been looking at different work at home opportunities for freelancers and recently applied again to rev.com. I’m awaiting their response. In the meantime, I’m continuing to try and grow my client base.

I was thinking about something while working out today. It’s great to work your body and your mind, but as freelancers, we need to work out our business too. That is something I have been sadly lacking in lately. No wonder I am looking again for clients! Time to beef things up….A LOT!

Here is my plan of attack:

  1. Start posting at least once a week
  2. Finish automating my e-mail newsletters for once a week delivery
  3. Put an e-mail sign up window here on the website
  4. Get clients

These are SMART goals which I know I can achieve! Time to get started and grow my business yet again. I’m back and ready to kick some serious butt!

Fighting the Urge to Give Up

downloadA large portion of a freelancer’s time (and anyone who runs their own business) is spent marketing themselves to potential clients. This is a great way to get more work/clients, but it can be a daunting task. That is part of the reason I added virtual assisting to my menu of services. I know how difficult it is to always market yourself via social media, blogs, and other online or offline avenues.

That being said, there is always a time where you will want to give up. Yes, it is true. I do not like to even think about it but let’s face it, we’ve all been there. My biggest piece of advice is simply….DON’T! That’s right. I said don’t give up. Fight the urge to throw in the towel. I have been pitching a ton lately and have only gotten one response in the positive. Some have said they are short on cash. Others say they do not have the time to think about it right now, etc. Those are both understandable. I get it. I am just starting out full tilt with my freelance VA career and I don’t have the cash to hire someone right now either. It gets overwhelming. There have been days that I don’t want to write or pitch. Sometimes I take those days off. Other times, I push my butt to pitch or write because I love what I do.

Something I tend to think about a lot when I have the urge to toss in the towel or get discouraged is to remember my “why”. What I mean by that is remembering why I got into this career besides my love for it. I got into this career to help me pay down my student loan debt. Yup, that’s right, I’m in debt to the government from when I got my education. Most of us can relate to that, right? I thought so. My reason or why is because I want to be debt free by the time I am 40. I am 32 and a half now so I have 7.5 years to go. Guess what?! I can do it!

If you have a “why” to starting your business, I encourage you to remember it every time you think you want to give up. It will give you the motivation to push and succeed. Remember that you can do anything you set your mind to with your business and never give up!