Your Monthly Assessment – January

Oh, I know how you hate when you’re called out like this, but I figure since I’m doing my own monthly business assessment, why not include all of you?

This month I set a small goal, expecting business to be slow (and missing a week because my mom came for a visit). I was right on target, too. Amen. Had I set too high and missed, I’d be kicking myself right now. In fact, I invoiced half what I did last January, but again, I expected a slow down. How can you face this economy and not expect it? I was not aggressive in marketing this month, but I managed a few queries and a few inquiries with current clients.

Your turn – did you set a monthly goal? Did you reach it? Why or why not, do you think? How did you do at marketing? Was it an easy month or were you, like me, feeling a bit shell-shocked post-holiday or amid the current financial climate? What can we do better?

I have one particular feeler out to a regular client that may pay off in another ongoing project. I’ll be approaching them with it on Monday, so stay tuned…. Oh, and just to keep us all on our toes and on our game, I’ll be posting this sort of thing every month’s end. Why not? It could actually inspire/goad us all into doing just a little bit more.

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  • Bradley Robb January 31, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    I met my monthly goal at work, and then some.

    I fell a bit behind on my personal goals – that is writing that I’m not yet getting paid for, but I did land a weekly position at another blog. Which wasn’t a goal, but will be a good thing.

  • Angie Ledbetter February 1, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    January writing goals went well. Although I didn’t finish revising the ms as planned, I achieved everything else I’d set down to do. Particularly happy with the two poem acceptances. 🙂

  • Devon Ellington February 1, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Pitching was decent; didn’t market as aggressively as I should have.

    I had a lot of fiction/playwrighting deadlines and those were met.

    I’m actually happier with what got done this month than I’ve been for a long time. And I was offered some wonderful unexpected opportunities, which I grabbed.

    You can check it all out over on the Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions site and look at my To-Do List for February.

    Yeah, I know, there’s not enough marketing in this month, either!

  • Lori February 1, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Devon, I just added your GDR site to the blog roll. I’ve been meaning to. 🙂

    Angie, much congrats to you! That’s fantastic! Where might we find these poems?

    Good for you, Bradley! The weblog is gravy, isn’t it? 🙂

  • Ruthibelle February 2, 2009 at 2:28 am

    oh boy- blog got me thinking… It’s kinda funny: I met teh goals I subconsciously set for January. And the ones I did set, well, they crashed and burned and are in the works for February. Wish me well 🙂

  • Lori February 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    The beautiful thing about goals, Ruthibelle? You can adjust them and try again. 🙂

    Good luck in Feb.

  • Katharine Swan February 3, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I didn’t set any goals for January, but the month is usually slow for me too. I was faked out by a really good first week though, so I was a bit disappointed when it turned out to be the same as every other year! I blogged about it here:

    Freelance writing in January

    This and your post from today have given me some ideas for my February goals, though…