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Web of Words is Six Months Old!

I can’t believe we’re halfway through the year. I’m excited to review my goals for Q2 with you, and look back on how far my business has come in the last six months.

Even though I have been freelancing on the side of my full-time job since 2010, I decided to start fresh with the Web of Words brand when I went out on my own. In January of this year, I launched a new website with a new name, and a new approach to how I wanted to grow my freelance business.

Since that time, I have had the opportunity to work with some incredible people, on my own schedule, with zero limitations to my creativity. In this short amount of time, I feel like I have grown immensely not only as a business owner, but also as a person. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: being in business for yourself changes you. Fortunately, I could not be happier with the changes so far.

But that doesn’t mean it’s been easy.

When I officially launched my own business, I knew there would be hurdles. I knew there would be times when I would question my choices – and maybe even regret them. I’m not sure if it’s because I set these expectations right from the start, but I have not once regretted making the decision to work for myself. I’ve certainly faced some challenges along the way, and I know there will be even bigger ones to come, but I feel so confident that this is where I am supposed to be in my career. And I am so grateful to be able to say type that.

Self-employment isn’t for everyone, I know that. And while I do hope my story helps inspire other curious solopreneurs to make the leap, my biggest goal is to encourage you to not be afraid to take risks in your career. Whether you’re working for yourself or for someone else, you should still hold the control over what direction your career is going in. At the end of the day, the only one who can change the way you spend your working days is you. Don’t focus on following the expectations laid out before you. Instead, carve your own path.

Now, here’s a look at how I did with my goals for Q2:

Professional

✔ Find three seven new small business clients.
✔ Get published in three different magazines.
✔ Launch podcast for The Reply.
✔ Take a writing/marketing course.
✔ Blog at least twice a week for Web of Words.
✔ Build sponsorship plan for The Reply.
✔ Create an outline for my biz e-book #WOWfactor PDF download.
✔ Read #GirlBoss.
✔ Attend regular networking events.
✔ Join a new networking group.
✔ Host a workshop.
✔ Give a social media presentation.
✔ Participate in a blog tour.

Financial

✔ Continue to track all personal spending.
✔ Automate finances.
✔ Open new bank accounts for specific savings goals.
✔ Contribute savings goals every month.
✗ Get a new rewards credit card.
✔ Increase income every month.

Personal

✗ Workout three times per week. (I failed this early on, but I’ve since gotten back on track with running regularly and joining a summer boot camp).
✗ Schedule one date night per week. (Getting better though).
✔ Take weekly trips to the trail with the dog.
✔ Eat more vegetables.
✗ Prep homemade lunches daily. (I missed a couple days along the way but overall am pretty satisfied).
✗ No fast food. (I don’t want to talk about it).
✔ Plan cottage weekend getaway with friends.

I’m really proud of how far my business has come in the last three months. I’ve been working my ass off, and I think it has shown. Being able to look back on my professional goals helps solidify that thought, and also gives me the motivation to continue pushing myself just as hard in Q3.

Financially, the hubs and I have managed to stick to our tight budget, saving everything we can for our big move next month (even despite my spontaneous trip to Montreal). Starting over in a new home can get expensive, and I’m trying to prepare myself for this ahead of time. This is especially scary when you have an inconsistent income stream like I do. But I think we’ve developed some really strong habits that we can lean on moving forward. Either way, the move will be a big focus for me in Q3, as it not only influences my finances but also my business schedule.

I’ve really stepped up my game on the personal goals this past month. They had definitely been taking a backseat to my business and financial goals (understandably, but still). I have some big plans for my personal goals over the summer, including regular boot camp sessions and healthy changes to my diet. Even though this summer is going to be hectic with my business and the move, I want to put a priority on enjoying my freedom and really taking some personal time to spend with friends and family. We’ll see how I manage to balance everything. For now, stay tuned for my goals for Q3.

In the meantime, what are some achievements you’ve crossed off this quarter? Share in the comments below!

Author:

Charlotte Ottaway

Charlotte is the founder of Web of Words. She helps solopreneurs and small business owners create real human connections online through blogging and social media. Her work has been published in Maclean's, Canadian Business, Zoomer, The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post Canada and other Canadian publications. Better known by family and friends as Carly, she currently resides in Newmarket with her husband and fur-babe. To learn more, check out her portfolio at charlotteottaway.com and follow her on Twitter @charlottaway.