Well here it is, another year…

What will 2013 have in store for us? No Jubilee, no Olympics and hopefully no major natural disasters. I must say, I’m quite looking forward to this year, not really sure why, I just feel it’s going to be different with lots of positive business challenges and opportunities.

What about Resolutions? They are always a bit of a sore point for me, I make them in my head and mostly don’t stick to them. By keeping them in my head, it’s only me who gets annoyed when they aren’t fulfilled. There is one that I would like to share and that is my determination to get my business heading in a direction that provides greater security for me and my wonderful children. I’d love to find a contract that would offer me regular work, something that I can rely upon every month and proudly fulfill. Being freelance has many benefits, working my own hours, fitting work in around my life, rather than the other way round, being able to work from the comfort of my lovely little home on a daily basis. However, it would also be nice to know that every month I have a job to do that guarantees financial security.

One thing I really want to get my teeth into is social media. My first experience of social media and graphics crossing paths was a fortunate opportunity that came my way via local recruitment firm Ten2Two. When they contacted me back in May last year to see if I could do some web banners for a Royal Mail group, Simple Ways To Grow, it became the first of many small jobs for me. I went on to produce their Facebook & Twitter graphics (covers/header/profile pics), a printed brochure for their products and an e-brochure to be viewed through their website. A very exciting, new and useful opportunity to gain knowledge of yet another area of design.  I now feel I could easily provide a range of clients with reasonably priced options for their social media platforms and hope to move into this on a grander scale this year.

I’m really hoping that I can move forward with web design, social media and other such digital options in the coming months and look forward to getting out there and marketing myself in a different way. Joining a networking group will hopefully help with this. Once a month I’ll be meeting with other local business people at what must be the most un-intimidating  network group around – An Afternoon In The Pub. No shoving business cards down each others throats, no standing up for 1 minute singing my praises and trying to find something interesting to talk about. Just a casual meeting to see what other people are doing, see if we can help each other out in anyway and even indulge in a sociable glass of wine. My perfect sort of networking group.

So, for 2013 I’ll be marketing, networking, working hard at expanding my business and above all and why I do all this, looking after my beautiful children. Bring it on! I’m looking for a challenge and hopefully this year will offer me plenty of positive ones.

Happy New Year!

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