3 Simple Strategies to Breathe Life Into Your Freelance Career

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Are the excitement feelings of starting a freelance career wearing off? Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed or frustrated?

Did you read someone’s success story and envy what they have, but can’t seem to get any traction generating income, or finding enough time?

I know the feeling!

When I first decided to quit my job, I had major issues with getting my blogging career off the ground. I didn’t know if I wanted to be a writer, editor, social media specialist or community builder.

I got tired of taking on too much and trying too many things. Sometimes what we really need is simplicity — and focus. I found three small actions you can take to put a little extra punch into your freelance business.

1. Create a daily “hit list”

Small actions are the stepping stones to creating a big difference — even if you’re only taking ONE small step at a time. I call this my daily “hit list” of tasks that HAVE to get done each day.

No matter what your schedule looks like, it should contain 1-3 small tasks that you complete for yourself — not your clients, your spouse or your boss.

It could be as simple as spending 15 minutes planning out your next ebook or course, or blocking out 30 minutes to create a business budget. Then at the end of the day, you can say that you “at least crossed these things off the list,” which will ensure you feel proud about what you accomplished.

Start by creating a daily “hit list” of goals and pick just ONE to check off the list each day. These simple actions will drastically change your freelance business!

2. Don’t be a copycat

Nobody wants to hear someone else’s opinion recycled over and over. You need to stand in your awesomeness and be proud of who you are as a freelancer.

No one has a story like yours, and no one can tell your story like you can. I use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker, because our own point of view is uniquely funny, quirky and entertaining.

There are a lot of bloggers and entrepreneurs who are quitting their jobs to freelance full-time but no one’s situation is like yours. Cat Alford, who’s sharing her journey to be a full-time blogger in 6 months, has her own point of view.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. — Judy Garland

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3. Review your accomplishments weekly

With all the negativity in the media, the constant chores and to-do lists staring you in the face, it’s easy to forget your accomplishments. The stuff you get done gets drowned out by the things you don’t get done.

At the end of each week I sit down and write out five things that I achieved that past week. They can be small things, like buying and setting up a new printer (hey, technology takes skill), or big things, like taking a nap on two different days.

This has become my favorite time of the week, and it reminds me that no matter what I didn’t get to that week, I was still able to accomplish something. And that positive attitude keeps me motivated and moving forward!

If you’re struggling with your freelance career, try using one of these ideas to breath a little life back into your business. It could be the punch of energy you’re searching for!

What simple action are you taking to breathe new life into your career?


  1. Alexa Mason says:

    I love how you record your accomplishments, Carrie. That is a great idea. I think at times I try to do to much at once and overwhelm myself. I need to come up with my at least goals and keep my to do list a little more simple (and realistic.)

  2. Thanks for sharing these. I’m getting a bit frustrated, feeling like I’m spinning my wheels and not seeing as much of a return on my work as I’d like. I need to recognize how far I’ve come and set daily action steps.

    • Carrie Smith says:

      I can definitely relate Stefanie. When we run our own businesses it’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and lose perspective. That doesn’t make for a very successful situation.

  3. Thanks for breathing life into my weekend. I always have a to-do list of things for my blog and while checking them off is satisfying, I think making a list of any type of accomplishment, blog related or not would also benefit me. I need more of your positive attitude. 🙂

    • Carrie Smith says:

      Glad you found my ideas helpful! Any type of accomplishment is well-deserved. I even write down things that happen in my personal or financial life too, since they are all intertwined at some point.

  4. Karen DeFelice says:

    I love looking back at what I accomplished in a week. I’ve been keeping a success journal all year. You forget some of the smaller successes but when you look back and see them all listed out, it feels great!

  5. Great tips! We’re so hard on ourselves, and we have to take another perspective. Look on the bright side! At least we got through the week. And when we list our accomplishments, sometimes we find we’re rockstars afterall 🙂

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