Presents are opened. Traveled and came home. Finished all the work on my desk for 2007. Now it is time to move on to 2008.
For the first time, I decided to write up a business plan. It's not that I never had goals or plans in the past, but this year was fairly successful, and I want to build on that success. In November, I wrote out a fairly detailed list of what I accomplished. From there, I was able to define where I'd like my career to go this year.
First and foremost, I want to increase my income by at least $20,000. I did that this past year, so I don't see why I can strive to do that again. I want to be a six-figure writer eventually.
Second, I want to break into more consumer markets this year, so I've written that into my business plan.
Third, I want to grow my client list.
Fourth, I intend to travel to conferences and/or to meet editors this year.
That means a busy, focused year of marketing and querying and research. That means every day, I'll have time dedicated specifically to making my business grow.
I do have some personal goals, too. I am looking how to fit little bursts of fitness into my work day, to complement my evening work outs. This is especially important on days I can't get to the gym. I want to try and read a book a week, or at least read 40 books this year. I've been averaging around 2 per month for several years, and I'd like to increase that. I also plan to be a better blogger and stay in touch with friends and family. I want to improve my networking this year.
I'd love to hear from anybody else who has pulled together a business plan or set up goals for 2008 and how you plan to reach them.