The new year is here, and while many have resolved to hit the gym more often or eat fewer bags of chips, now is a great time to give yourself a leg up when it comes to your freelance business. If you’re stuck on where to start, no worries – we have come up with three resolutions you can actually keep.
1) Learn a New Skill
Learning definitely doesn’t stop once you graduate: there’s always more to learn, especially as technology evolves and the role it plays in business changes. If you’ve been wanting to increase your entrepreneurial arsenal, there’s no better time to start. Check out a service like Coursera, which provides online courses from accredited institutions on everything from Python to data science. Is design more your speed? Envatotuts+ offers courses on topics like web design and coding, as well as a multitude of how-to tutorials. There are plenty of other educational resources out there, so set some time aside to research your options.
2) Read More
And we’re not talking blog posts! While blogs are great, sometimes you can’t beat sitting down with a book. Being busy is no excuse either – you can always carve out time for what’s important to you. With so many great books out there for freelancers and entrepreneurs, you’re sure to learn a thing or two. Here is a good list for the creative freelancer to get you started.
3) Conquer Networking
We can generally agree – networking kind of sucks. Unless you’re the special unicorn among us who enjoys selling yourself to strangers, traditional networking can be an uncomfortable affair. Luckily, industry events are no longer your only option for meeting fellow freelancers. Make use of things like coworking spaces to meet people more organically. A bonus – those spaces often hold events themselves, which makes it easier to both get to know your fellow coworkers and other entrepreneurs in the area. Local Meetups also present a more relaxed alternative to formal networking and often involve fun activities. And of course, never underestimate the connective powers of social media.
Have you made any resolutions when it comes to your business? Let us know in the comments!