Sunday, January 25, 2009

Keeping Clients

During these difficult economic times, many companies are not using freelancers anymore and are keeping work in-house. As a new year begins, it's a good idea to contact and reconnect with your clients.

If you didn't send them a holiday card, send them an e-mail to wish them a successful year and to let them know you're there to help in any way.

Sometimes a company tightens its budget and doesn't use many freelancers. Now's the time to let your client know that even though you do editing for them, for example, let them know you are also willing to do proofreading or writing projects. If you have a good working relationship with them, you can be assured that they know you're a professional and are quite capable of performing a multitude of tasks for them.

We all need to be proactive in keeping our current clients. We also need to look for opportunities to find new clients.

How do you keep your clients?

Thursday, January 01, 2009

A New Year...A New Beginning

I can't believe it's been so many months since I last posted something. I need to make a resolution to post more regularly. But life always seems to get in the way. For example, I haven't felt well since September. I've been going to various doctors to find out what's wrong. It's been very frustrating. It seems it's not just one thing that I can take a magic pill for and then it'll be over with. Oh situation has to be complicated: problems with my blood clotting too much and being "mildly positive" (never heard of such a thing) for lupus, an autoimmune disorder.

I've decided to sort of be in denial about my medical condition. I can't let it get me down. I have goals. I have to get on with my life. The doctor agreed with this philosophy too. Imagine that!

Each New Year's day, I reflect on my resolutions for the year before to see what I achieved, and to see if it's still appropriate to have as a goal for the new year. I set three kinds of goals: personal, business, and financial. Do you set goals (resolutions)? Do they work for you?