The ever-evolving career landscape of the self-employed

Oh hello, it’s 2018. Time to establish some new career goals.

2017 was a year of just…slogging. Finding yourself in the middle of something unexpected and the only way out is through. Politically, emotionally, globally, and in my career.

For Wolfgang Editorial, at least, “something unexpected” wasn’t altogether a bad thing. I incorporated my business and onboarded four new clients, two of which are recurring. All very excellent things, an auspicious beginning for a new company, if you will.

I also self-published six short stories and my first full-length novel (they are all under pen names, so let me save you the trouble of looking. I’m not quite ready to join my two creative worlds yet).

So yes, all very good things. But there are only 24 hours in a day, and I found I was burning the midnight oil far more often than was healthy in order to accomplish all of the things I set out for myself to do.

However, in 2017, I learned that I can keep work out of my weekends, and I did so (it only took half the year to make this stick). I perfected how to take time off without coworkers to watch my projects for me.

In 2018, I want to learn how to set aside more time for my own projects. Building my own empire, if you will.

This will be an interesting challenge. I’ve happily built my business on tight turnarounds, never missing a deadline. This bit me quite hard in December, when I missed two personal writing goals because clients needed more of my time.

If I want to prioritize my own projects, I’ll probably have to set longer deadlines. And I’ll also have to grit my teeth occasionally and say, I’m sorry, I’m not available, when an emergency hits.

That’s going to be hard. I don’t even want to think about it.

But in 2018, I want to start recognizing that my own writing is as important as client work. To that end, I want to publish two more novellas, finish a full-length work I’ve started outlining, and go on another writing retreat or two.