Make Plans, Journal, Build a Business

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We’re a little over two months into the new year.

Where are you on your goals for your freelance writing business?

Do you have your goals written down yet?

If you’re serious about making a difference in your business in 2017, it’s not too late.

Grab your journal and get to writing!

There are numerous ways to use your journal to succeed in your writing business in 2017.

• Make lists.

• Write articles.

• Sketch out plans.

Get serious. But have fun.

Hopefully, you’ve already made your business and marketing plans for 2017.

If you have – KUDOS!

If you haven’t, start there.

Your journal is a great place to sketch out those plans before typing them into a more formal document.

Need to choose a niche?

Take inventory of past positions you’ve held, anything you can be considered an expert on.

Those are potential industries where you have some leverage and may be able to gain clients quickly.

Write these potential industries in your journal.

Need a place to vent your frustrations at yourself or a client?

Grab your trusty journal and vent away.

Likewise, if you need a place to celebrate your wins?

There’s no better place than capturing them in your journal.

Bonus: The next time life throws you a curve ball, you’ll be able to go back and review what you’ve already accomplished.

Still haven’t written the copy for your website?

Use your journal to sketch out what you want to say.

You can lay out each page of your site (landing, about, testimonials, hire me, opt in, and services pages, etc) in your journal before making your site live for the world to see.

Plan your blog posts and newsletters.

Whether you have these marketing tools already established for your business or whether you’re looking to start either or both, do the planning in your journal.

Keep ideas about posts for your blog as well as article ideas for your newsletter.

Make note of research you might want to use.

As writers we always seem to think we should have our computers attached to our hips.

Not so.

Our journals are a great place to get a first draft going when we’re short on time or simply waiting around in the doctor’s office.

Besides, a journal is  easier to carry than a laptop.

You can even keep all these different lists and plans in one book.

Use a blank journal for your business and create sections for everything mentioned in this article.

This way, your journal becomes an historical record for you to look back on from month to month and year to year to see what all you’ve accomplished and where your next move should be.

About Patricia Bumpass
Patricia BumpassPatricia (Pat) Bumpass ( is a North Carolina-based freelance writer. She writes a weekly blog for her current employer while building her freelance writing business.

Pat enjoys writing and has journaled since she was a teenager.

She lives with her 17-year-old son who is blessed with Autism.

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