Sooner or later, freelance success all comes down to planning.
Without a plan, you’re more likely to give up before you reach a success tipping point. Without a plan, you’re more likely to make emotional decisions rather than objective ones. Without a plan, you’re more likely to finish things partway and then stall before reaching a launch point.
But, make a plan, mix in a little creativity and accountability, and big things can happen — amazing things.
This last week, a number of our contributors talked about making plans and executing them. They also shared some of the things they’re doing to mix in that creativity and accountability that can really work magic.
Take a look …
Get Ready to Do Something New
First, if you missed Rebecca’s article on creating your personal roadmap, you’ve got to check it out. She shares a proven process that you can use to carry you further toward your goals in a single year than you’ve ever gone before.
Then, take a look at John Torre’s article on using audio to increase your contacts. He’s got some great, creative ideas in this piece. You may not have considered audio as a marketing strategy before, but John’s post will get you thinking about how you can incorporate it sooner rather than later.
Finally, Roy lays it all on the line with his newest marketing strategy to get him a foothold in his local market. You get to see step-by-step the process Roy is using to get the attention of local businesses and you’ll find some ideas about how you can apply these strategies to your own goals.
What Are You Going to Plan this Week?
My challenge to you this week is to make some big plans for your future.
Day One: Use Rebecca’s personal roadmap plan to make your own personal roadmap to get you to your biggest 2011 goal.
Day Two: Take your first big step toward your goal. That might mean purchasing a program to get you the training you need. Or maybe you put together a prospect list. Or maybe you outline your marketing materials. Just do something big today.
Day Three: Come up with two or three creative marketing strategies. By creative, I mean something that you haven’t done before or something that everyone isn’t already doing. Audio is a good choice. Or video. Or maybe you hold a contest. There are a lot of possibilities. Stretch yourself a little.
Day Four: Do some research on your marketing ideas from Day Three and come up with an action plan for implementing them. (Hint: You can use the personal roadmap process for developing this plan, too.)
Day Five: Tell someone about your big plans for the coming year … preferably someone you know and who is supportive of your big dreams.
Keep moving forward!