Can You Improve Your Freelance Career this Year?

Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015We can always hope. It is what we strive for year after year. What we think about most of the time. We each have our own hopes and desires as far as our freelance careers go.

And we should have these. It’s what keeps us pushing forward, staying on track – hopefully.

But sometimes we find that things are not happening the way we want and, at these times, we need to sit back and consider a few things. Am I really happy with what I’m doing? Do I need to change some things?

Is it time to reinvent the freelance part of me?

It might be, and this does not have to be a bad thing. Even if you stay the course, it might do you and your business good to add something. Or more than one something. Things to ask yourself are:

  • What excites me? What do I wish I was doing for my business right now?
  • What are my big goals? Where do I want to be in five years? Ten? Twenty?
  • Do I feel like a success? If not, what would help me to feel more successful?
  • Do I feel like I need to help others succeed? Or maybe I need to feel like I’m helping my community, state, or country in some way? And how can I do this, if even in just a small way, within my business?
  • Is there something new I would like to try?
  • Am I having fun? If not, how can I bring fun into my business?
  • What do my clients/readers/customers want and/or need?

And whatever other questions have been lingering in your mind over the past six months or so. Answer them.


  1. Sit down with a notebook and a pen, and answer the questions that need answering.
  2. Create a plan from that information, tailoring it to improve your overall business model.
  3. Put that plan into action steps.
  4. Start making things happen.

How can you improve your freelance career? Or how have you already done so? Let us know below, or email me at I always answer.

Shannon L. Buck


About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.