Ho Ho Ho! I’m writing this on 18th December, it’s the last day of term, the kids will be home in about an hour, so I’m trying to get all my last minute bits and pieces done before then.
In the midst of attempting to finish my last transcription job of 2015, it seemed a fitting time to look back over the last 12 months and have a look at what I’ve managed to achieve, and what hasn’t quite happened as planned.
What’s gone well?
I’m pleased to say that tracking my time religiously has worked like a dream! There are a load of apps and time tracking thingies available online and on most phones these days, but I’ve gone with the simple stopwatch on my phone. Timing how long it takes me to do a piece of work allows me to see how much time it really takes to get stuff done, and also how much time I spend faffing!
I also started using a spreadsheet to log the results, and this also works out how much I’m earning per hour (as I charge per audio minute), and it gives me daily, weekly and monthly totals, plus an average daily hourly rate. Extremely useful!
The result of this is that I’ve managed to more than double my monthly income from this time last year, purely by being so much more aware of what I’m actually doing. It’s so bloomin’ simple!
What’s not gone so well?
I had great plans this year to get going on an online course, and I’m sorry to say that this hasn’t happened quite as planned. I did get started on creating a number of videos, and I was testing these with some very helpful volunteers, but for some reason, I just wasn’t feeling it. Maybe it was the content, maybe it was the way I was putting it together, I’m not really sure.
For the time being, I have knocked the idea of course creation on the head, but it’s still something I want to pursue, and I’m hoping to get started at some point in 2016.
What else has been going on?
I have taken on a number of lovely new clients this year and am continuing to enjoy helping them make their recorded content super valuable – because that’s what it’s all about, really!
I’d love to help you if you think your content needs a bit of attention in 2016. It’s so easy to turn your videos, podcasts and audios into completely new content, so please pop over to my Facebook page and send me a message if you’d like to find out more.
In the meantime, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and all the very best for a prosperous and abundant 2016!