Whether you're starting a writing career from scratch or looking to boost your income, setting good goals can help you. It allows you to think concretely of what you want, what you need to get there, and keep you motivated.
Make it SMART
SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. "I want to make a lot of money"-- not SMART. "I want to increase by income by 25% in 2022 by expanding my client list and raising my rates" is.
Think about your why
Your "Why" is what motivates you on this journey. It's what should be top of mind so that when motivation ebbs and flows, you could stay focused. For example, your why can be so you feel financially secure, have more work-life balance, or more flexibility.
Break it down
One year-long goal can be overwhelming. Instead, break your goal down into five or six chunks. If your goal is to boost your income, your mini-goals can be to increase your number of clients to X, successfully raising your rates across the board by 10 cents per word, or by getting clips in a new niche.
Establish action steps
Your action steps are the tasks you need to complete on the way to your goal. They're actually the most important part; they're what take your goal from a dream to reality. To increase your income, your action steps could include tasks like sending three new pitches per week, creating a writing portfolio site, meeting with the FWA founders for coaching sessions, and setting a writing schedule.
So, what are your goals for 2022?