My Business Plans For The Future As An Online Freelancer

My Business Plans For The Future As An Online FreelancerAs an online freelancer, I am often asked many questions by those around me. That’s how I get ideas for most of my blog posts.

A question that I am asked often is what my business plan for the future is. As a business owner, I am always looking to grow the services that I offer and increase my income.

When I recently went on my long road trip earlier this month, I had a lot of time to think about business goals that I would like to one day achieve. Some of these are more long-term, whereas other goals are things that I would like to reach before 2014 is over.

Become a staff writer for a popular website.

I have written for big websites like Yahoo Finance, Get Rich Slowly, Mint, and others before, but I would really like to search for a more permanent staff writing position on a popular website.

I haven’t even actively tried doing this yet, but I would like to put myself out there and start applying for positions on larger websites within the next few months. This will include searching for open positions on these websites and possibly cold-emailing them as well.

Write an e-book.

Something that I have been talking about for a long time is the possibility of writing an e-book. On our road trip though, I actually put a lot more thought into this and I have begun outlining the e-book that I plan on writing.

It will be related to blogging, but that’s all I want to say right now. Is there anything that you would like to see covered in a blogging e-book?

I wish I could give you more information on the exact topic of it, but for right that will have to wait!

Speak, host a session, teach a class, etc.

One goal that I know I’m not ready for is public speaking. Yes, I teach social media on a one-on-one basis to business owners, but I’ve never done much public speaking related to my current business or anything more than a one-on-one basis.

This is something that I would like to do one day. I know it would be super nerve-wrecking the first few times, but I just need to throw myself out there one day and do it.

Grow my affiliate income.

I am very slowly growing my affiliate income right now. Over the next few months, I plan on really working on this so that it consists of a more substantial part of my monthly income.

I’m looking to have more affiliate income because after the initial leg work, affiliate income can be really passive. This would be great because who doesn’t want low maintenance passive income?

Grow my social media and blog management services.

My main service that I offer right now include my social media and blog management services. I would like to grow this even more, and possibly one day even manage the social media or blog for a nationwide or international company.

Do you hope to be a business owner one day? What are your future business plans?

If you don’t want to be a business owner, what’s your career plan? I’d love to hear!


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My Business Plans For The Future As An Online Freelancer — 43 Comments

  1. /shrug Things change so fast in the online space, I have no idea – just going to see where they take me. I’ve had a really good start writing for and managing web/social stuff for big publications as well as small. I do have a good idea as to the next specific job I’d like to do (the one worry being the environment might be quite corporate because of the industry) and funnily enough I was approached by the recruiter at the company for that exact job the day I started my new/current job. Talk about timings!

  2. Very solid plans and it seems lie you have things well-thought out.

    Problogger recently had an article on writing a blog business plan and I stepped through that exercise, so, sure, I have a plan. But I’m not nearly as clear on my overall vision. Although – like you, I also want to write an ebook. I just have no idea when I’d find the time!

    Good luck with these goals!

  3. An interesting and informative post – thanks for posting πŸ™‚ at the moment I’m just happy seeing what happens with my blog but one day I would love to be self-employed! I just haven’t figured out what I’d do yet πŸ˜‰

  4. Michelle, for your e-book I’d be interested in seeing how a successful blogger like yourself manages affiliate advertising or direct advertising. My only experience so far is with adsense and the like.

  5. How many sites do you own and do you run every aspect of them?

    And I hear you about public speaking – can be very scary! But I think you could really impact people in a positive way if you got out there. Plus, I used to help hire speakers for my college. We paid even some non household names in the neighborhood of $30k to come speak/hangout for a day.

  6. I’m glad you’ve outlined your e-book! I’m sure people would be interested in knowing how your blog progressed to the point it’s at today. I think it’s interesting to read about people’s journeys. How to break into freelancing/side hustling in more detail than you previously have might be good, too. Or just the business behind your blog, as FI Pilgrim suggested. There’s a lot people could learn from you =). Good luck reaching out to bigger sites for staff writing!

  7. Good luck on the book! It’s something my wife and I have considered doing but haven’t found the time for yet. I’d love to learn more about your planning and writing process, as well as your plans for publishing and marketing it!

    • Yeah, I haven’t found too much time for an ebook either, but I really need to just force myself and start researching about the whole process.

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  9. Informative post. I’m about to launch my 3rd website which will be offering 3 of the services you mentioned above. I guess I would like to see more information on the social media and blog management services you offer in your e-book.

  10. Your plans sound great, Michelle! Mine are similar. I plan to continue growing our two websites and doing my bigger writing jobs. Greg has a whole bunch of his ideas for his site and I hope to help him when the time comes.

  11. I’m often ask about how I monetize my website to make it sustainable too. I do have plans for it and tested various ways based on the growing community. I have set goals myself to write a book, do more seminars and start a webinar series. So much opportunities to educate and potential for income.

  12. I want to pick up more consistent writing as well. Monetizing the blog has been SLLLOOOWWW to near non existant and I need to make the money somehow! Though it’s time consuming I love writing so hope to slowly build it up!

  13. I loved this post! As you may know, I recently blogged about needing to come up with a blog business plan. I’m not sure about a five year plan for my blog business per say, but I am sure about having something for the next year and having different areas to work on and really grow my community. I am also interested in starting another blog in a completely different field. I probably won’t be able to monetize it but it would be fun to do and could possibly be used for a portfolio for my career. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Good post! I think people who comment that your current business seems unsustainable are really commenting on their own tolerance for risk. They probably think they want to become self-employed but the fear of not being able to generate enough income holds them back. From what I can see, you have been generating over $10,000/month for well over a year. How long should you do that according to the nay-sayers before you trust your ability to generate that kind of income?

  15. Hey Michelle, to get ready for public speaking and giving presentations, I’d recommend you look into Toastmasters! I’m a part of a Toastmasters club because I too want to speak and get paid for a living (one day, maybe πŸ˜‰ plus it happens to be good for my job) and it’s been really helpful. Toastmasters is a nice place to practice, get feedback, and learn how to project your voice in different size groups of people. I’ve never had a negative comment that wasn’t constructive. Highly recommend! πŸ™‚

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  17. This is important to think about. I am taking on more freelance work and want to transition into being a business owner. I would also like to build up my writing clients, and I think I’d really enjoy teaching and public speaking. I look forward to your ebook and all that you do, Michelle!

  18. I love this article. It sounds as though we have the same goals. Best of luck to you. There are so many people that need financial help and it looks as though you have a great offering.

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