My 2016 Freelance Writing Goals

A New Year!

Excited and looking forward to seeing how successful you’re going to be as a freelance writer?

I know I am.

My 2016 Freelance Writing Goals

This time I have a full 12 months – as opposed to 6 months – to achieve my goals. So, these goals are pretty hefty, but totally doable in this time frame.

In creating my freelance writing goals for 2016, I found it hard not to want to include every project and every idea that I have.

Because, you see, once you create a product, it’s hard to stop.

I first started with my free email course Get Paid to Write Online. With the huge success of this course – over 400 writers have gone through the lessons – I decided to make a complete course, Write Your Way to Your First $1k.

In creating this course, I wanted to promote it even more so I decided to make another free email course, Become a Rockstar Freelance Writer – Jumpstart Your Successful Business.

And I have many more projects in the works. So let’s get to my goals for 2016.

1. Contribute to the Huffington Post

This is a recent goal of mine. I never thought about pitching to HuffPo and I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to.

But, with the launch of my course and some more products in the queue, I’m looking to expand my reach and strengthen my credibility as a freelance writer. So, for next year I’m going to see if I can become a regular contributor. I don’t think it’s that difficult. The issue is the niche I plan to write in.

I wouldn’t mind writing about digital marketing, but I’m pretty sure HuffPo needs an expert in that field, and since I’m new to this niche, I’m not sure if I can pull it off. But, it’s a possibility.

I could also pitch a personal experience to get me in, but not sure if I want to spill the beans on a popular site.

For now, it’s something I’m interested in pursuing.

2. Set Up an Affiliate Program for Writeto1k

I’m planning on having an affiliate program for my Write Your Way to Your First $1k course. I have a list of writers and bloggers interested (which includes influencers).

Ideally I would like to offer a higher commission to my course participants, but I have to see if a tiered system is doable or logical.

If you’re interested in becoming an affiliate for my freelance writing course, just let me know and I’ll put you on the list!

3. Start Hosting Collaborative Webinars

I’m in the works of collaborating with some awesome bloggers and freelance writers to do some webinars. This will expose me to a whole new audience and bigger platform.

I’m currently collaborating with Jessica Adams over at Alegriamuse. Jessica is a freelance writer and blog coach and she’s in the process of launching her Blogging #101 course. She’s asked me to contribute to her course and offer a freelance writing lesson – which I’m super excited about – and host a webinar with her.

4. Start Your Writer Website (Service and Package)

I’ve been hearing from a lot of new writers – that aren’t bloggers to begin with – how difficult it is to start a writer website. With all the technical aspects involved, many writers just want to get paid and not be bothered with installing plugins or learning code.

Many just don’t have the time to learn how to start their writer website or have the finances to shell out thousands of dollars for someone else to develop and design their site.

So, I’m in the process of creating a “start your writer website” service.

This is all just ideas for now and isn’t set in stone. I’ll look to see what the best format is for this service and the price for such a service/package (definitely will be super affordable for anyone).

5. Start a Content, Marketing and Design Company

I’m also interested in starting a new agency. This business would be able to accommodate large content orders (and small orders) as well as provide marketing and WordPress design/development services.

Since I have plenty of experience in this field, I feel it would be a good fit and would help expand my reach.

Setting this up will take more time than my other goals as this is a brand new business with its own marketing strategy and style guide to content writing. But, I’m hoping to unveil this new project in early to mid 2016.

Make 2016 Your Year for Freelance Writing Success

I love starting new projects and wrapping up old ones. I look forward to changes and finding ways to grow my business. I must be an entrepreneur at heart.

While all these are just ideas on paper, I’m going to work hard at making them come to fruition. So, are you with me? Have you made your goals yet? If so, tell me all about them in the comments!

Hi I'm Elna and I'm a freelance writer and mom blogger. I help people just like you become a profitable freelance writer. Within 6 months of starting my freelance writing business from scratch I was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance writer while taking care of my twin toddlers. Check out my free email course Get Paid to Write Online and learn the steps you need to take to be a freelance writer.

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Your writing style is so inspirational to me and I would like to follow your strategy each and every step of my online activity.Reply to Wajid
That’s an awesome list of goals. I hope and pray that you reach and fulfill each and every goal you ever wanted to reach.Reply to Imran
Elna, I’m definitely interested in becoming an affiliate! Let me know as soon as you have things set up! (Perhaps Grayson, Gina Horkey’s helper, can help you, too.) While your goals are lofty, I have complete confidence in you and know that you are going to succeed at WHATEVER you set your mind to!!! All the best in 2016!Reply to Lorraine
Thanks Lorraine! I put your name on my affiliate list so I’ll let you know when it’s up! Thanks for helping me out! Yes, my goals are big, but I think they are totally doable. I have an entire year to fulfill them! Can’t wait to hear your goals!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Its interesting reading about your plans for 2016. Well, everything is achievable if we set our mind to it. Every goal has a price tag, you just need to discover this “price”, pay it and you are good to go. I wish you the best achievement in this year. Happy New year to you!Reply to Sunday
Thanks Sunday, I’m excited about my goals, even if they aren’t revenue based. For me, starting projects will invariably grow my income and I’m excited about that. Have you made your business goals yet?Reply to Elna
Love that you have these fantastic goals. I’ll take you up on some WordPress help when you have your agency up and running! If you ever want to collaborate on a webinar, I’m your gal. I love all your aspirations and ideas!Reply to Catherine
Hey Catherine! Sounds like a plan. Looking for other writers (with products) that want to collab with me and share our wonderful info to everyone! Thanks for stopping by!Reply to Elna
Yay you! That’s exciting – such great goals! Those are going to be wonderful (and USEFUL) projects to work on. And it would be SO cool to be a HuffPost contributor 🙂Reply to Sagan
AWW thanks Sagan for stopping by and getting to know little ol’ me! I’ll be sure to pop over often and check out your posts. You’re on my radar now 😉 Thanks so much! I’m excited to hit pavement and get these goals accomplished! Enjoy your week!Reply to Elna
Impressive goals Elna! I am particularly interested in the Start Your Writer Website Service and Package and the Affiliate Program for Writeto1k. Please keep me posted on their availability. Thanks! 🙂Reply to Lenka
Hi Lenka! Thanks for wanting to be an affiliate! Yes my goals are big, but I’m excited to find out if I accomplish them! I just an insider tip for pitching to HuffPo so that will come in handy soon! Thanks again for your support and loved your blog post over on Atomic Reach!Reply to Elna
Great goals, Elna! I hope you launch the affiliate program for your course because it’s something I’ve been wondering about. One of my goals for this year is to launch a free freelance blogging guide (an intro to starting your business) and make money through affiliate sales.Reply to Alicia
Hi Alicia! Thanks! That’s great you are going to launch a free freelance blogging guide! Can’t wait to read it. Let me know if you want to be an affiliate for my course!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, That sure is a nice goal list and I am sure you’ll find a way to make it to each and everyone. I definitely love reading your posts as they’re always useful and actionable. I would be interested in becoming an affiliate for your writeto1K-program. My main goal really is to get a hang of the marketing/promoting part of this business, soo much to learn. To a great 2016!Reply to Mariken
That’s fantastic Mariken! I will put you on my list for affiliates. Thanks so much for mentioning that you like my posts! I love to hear my readers and what they want from me so that’s good to know that I’m providing useful content!Reply to Elna
What a great post Elna and perfect timing as I’m looking to expand into this area in 2016! It sounds like I need to check out more of your website and posts so I’ve got some reading to do this week! Keep the great posts and advice coming and who knows where we’ll all end up by the end of 2016 – successful I hope!! Happy writing!! :o)Reply to liz
Hi Liz! That’s great! Love to hear from my future readers and hoping they become a loyal reader 🙂 Glad you enjoyed my goals post. I loved writing it and I’m happy that I’m sharing it with all of you all! Here’s to your successful 2016!Reply to Elna
I applaud you for putting your goals out there for the world to see, Elna! Best of luck to you in 2016!Reply to Adam
Thanks Adam! Crossing my fingers I accomplish all my goals this year! But, I know it’s okay if I don’t. It doesn’t mean I’m a failure, just that my priorities changed! 🙂Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, This is really awesome. The fact that more avenues open up when you start something. Ripple effect, you might say. One question though, should all your goals be related? or is it possible to pursue different interests. I’m in for the affiliate for writeto1k. You are awesome in teaching the basics. id love to recommend you anywhere. Happy New Year.Reply to Ruth
Hi Ruth! No, your goals don’t all have to relate but since these are my freelance writing goals, they are relate to my business somehow. I do have personal goals (like exercising more and avoiding carbs), but those are not related. Thanks for your interest in becoming an affiliate for my course! I’ll put you on the list for sure! Good luck with the pitching challenge!Reply to Elna
Such awesome goals, Elna! I’m so excited for you! You’re going to do big things year!Reply to Raymonda
Thanks Raymonda! I know you’re going to go big things too this year! Good luck on your freelance writing business and dream big!Reply to Elna