90-Day Challenge Final Week
This final week of the 90-Day Challenge has been a good one for me, I got a lot accomplished.
I learned that Microsoft’s Paint can be used to do simple image editing.
Last week I mentioned that I had used Picmonkey to edit some photos. Well, this week I discovered that Microsoft’s Paint program can also be used to edit photos. I used it to take the red arrows, text and boxes I’d put in my original Medium post, and replace them with black arrows, text and boxes. Here’s a screen shot of part of my (not yet published) blog post:
I replaced the red text and annotations with black text and annotations. The text is small in some places because I was on a bit of a learning curve, but I think it looks much better than the red text.
I read Prosperity for Writers by Honoree Corder.
I had downloaded this book a while back and not started reading it yet. Well, this week I read it and got some great tips from it. One thing I started doing is keeping closer track of my word counts on a daily basis using the tracking spreadsheet she provides as a download. I don’t always write every day, but I took what I’d tracked in Beeminder and plugged in those numbers, and discovered I’d written quite a few words. Here’s a screenshot of what I’ve tracked so far:
Between what I tracked in July, and what I’ve tracked so far in August, I’ve written about 9,000 words! Some of them were for posts I wrote on Crowd Content, others were for stories I wrote here on Medium, or for blogs I posted to my websites. I also created a workbook that tracks not only my word counts, but also how much I make every day from freelance writing.
I went through Bill Barren’s 5-Day Get Off Your Butt and Get Clients challenge.
This was interesting to say the least. Every day involved watching a short (10 minutes or less) video and completing a short task. The first day, it was simply to say why we love working with our clients. The second, it was to write down what’s holding us back from getting clients that will pay us what we want to be paid, take a picture of it and post it in the group. The third day, it was to stand up to your truth with someone — tell someone that you need help, and what you need from them. The fourth day, it was to tell why your clients should hire you, and the last day it was to write down who you would want to claim as a client, and why. This challenge has definitely helped me keep my momentum up.
I started looking at expenses I was going to have to spend on my business as it grew.
This helped me start establishing some income goals. I’m lucky enough to know several people who have started highly successful websites and businesses, so I got a lot of recommendations for different tools I can take advantage of as I go forward.
It’s hard to believe this challenge is over — it really helped me get focused and figure out what I need to do to grow my business. I look forward to posting more updates on Medium about my business progress.