As we roll into the new year, you have a choice to make – you can either do the same day-in and day-out things you did in 2007, or you can break away and make a game-changing course correction that will make 2008 your best year ever. If you choose to do the latter, here’s some food for thought to get you started.
Tip #1 – Learn That New Skill You’ve Been Putting Off
Whether it’s a technical skill like Photoshop or PHP, or just some good old snarky marketing know-how, you know there’s been something that’s been stuck on the back burner for all 12 months of 2007. You know that this skill will open up opportunities for you, but you still haven’t made the time to learn it. Toss aside that procrastination and schedule a few hours a week to haul ass and make it happen. It’s easier than you think – just start with a lunch hour once a week and see where it goes from there.
Tip #2 – Decide To Raise Your Rates (One Way Or Another)
Make more money without piling on the overtime by raising your rates. Can’t raise your rates, you say? Sure you can. You just need to think harder, be more creative, and come up with the solution. Maybe it’s by ponying up a little dough to make your online appearance look better. Maybe it’s by contributing to a few high profile blogs and building credibility. Maybe it’s by simply getting over some insecurity and raising the damn rates already. Don’t tell yourself it can’t be done – tell yourself it can, and don’t let up until you find the shortest path there.
Tip #3 – Let Somebody Else Do The Selling For You
Christine O’Kelly puts it best on one of my all-time favorite blog posts, “How I made $100,000 by spending 25 minutes and $0 on Marketing.” This isn’t paraphrasing (because you have to read the post), but it hinges on finding people who already have your customers and letting them sell you as a value-add. Suddenly the phone rings and you’ve got some cash on the other line. Not a bad way to live.
Tip #4 – Write Your Own Tip Here, and Grab Good Ideas From Others
You’ll put it best when you leave a comment below about the “game-changing” decision that pushed your business forward, and by reading the wisdom of others. Don’t let 2007 pass you by without taking action – do it now!
Till next time,
Dave Navarro is Freelance Folder’s Get-More-Done expert. Learn how to double your productivity in the next seven days by grabbing his free time management guide right here.