So I’ve been thinking about my strategy for next year as I review how things went this year, and I have this crazy idea. What if I decided to make $100,000 in 2008?
I know talking about money is all taboo, but I don’t care. If it makes you uncomfortable, stop reading. I made about $70,000 this year from freelancing only (including my blogging income, which so far is on the negligible side, but has increased every month), averaging around $6,000/month. Considering that 2007 was my first full calendar year of freelancing, I think that’s pretty darn good.
To bump it up to six figures next year, I need to earn more like $8,000/month, which breaks down to $2,000/week 50 weeks (yes, I’m trying to build in 2 weeks of paid vacation next year!), or $400/day 5 days a week. (See what I mean about breaking things down into attainable chunks so you know what you’re doing?)
Originally I was thinking I’d shoot for $80,000 next year, because that was my goal for 2007. And I would have made it, too, had it not been for a really terrible month right around the move this spring and a month of being desperately ill from August to September. So coming in just $10K below my goal and setting the same goal again just doesn’t seem like enough of a challenge.
I would have to work harder, and smarter, to make it. I would have to be more productive, more efficient, and more consistent. In other words, I would have to do all this stuff.
It’s a tall order, but I think I’m ready. I think. Maybe.
What do you think?