It’s that time of year again. As we look back on a year full of Brexit panic, royal weddings and dashed World Cup hopes,  freelancers are already outlining goals for the approaching 12 months.

While the majority of people will be planning on eating healthier, getting more exercise or saving a little money, freelancers all over the country will be thinking about how they can turn 2019 into their most productive year yet.

So, these are the top New Year’s resolutions all freelancers need to make.

Outline Your Goals

This is a time for self-reflection and retrospect, two things which are absolutely crucial when it comes to setting goals for the year ahead. For any freelancer, it’s important to look back at your mistakes and successes over the past 12 months; using the time to identify any common problems and then learning from them.

You need to reflect on what you’ve done well, and not so well, and then decide on what needs improvement in the year ahead. Whether you want to become more organised or increase your client base, setting measurable goals is a fantastic way of motivating yourself as 2019 approaches.

Achieve a Better Work-Life Balance

Sometimes you need to take a breath and remind yourself exactly why you became a freelancer in the first place. No, it wasn’t so you could chase late invoices and juggle an ever-expanding workload, it was because you dreamt of achieving the ideal work-life balance.

Although you won’t be restricted by rigid office hours, at times working as a freelancer can feel just as demanding and draining as a normal job. When working from home, it’s sometimes difficult for freelancers to step away from their desks and completely switch themselves off, with clients and collaborators contacting them at all hours of the night.

If you find yourself in that situation, improving your work-life balance should be at the top of your agenda in 2019.

Grow Your Brand

Every freelancer dreams of increasing their profits and growing their brand, which is why this is always such a common resolution. Whether you want to advertise your services through social media, claim more client referrals or build a stronger network with other freelancers, you’ll need to start promoting your business if you really want to take things to the next level in 2019.

Get to Grips with Your Finances

Managing payments can be the bane of every freelancer’s life, especially when2clients seem incapable of paying on time. Of course, this is exactly why so many freelancers decide to outsource their finances and find a reputable accountant, with recent studies showing almost 75% of freelancers have trouble getting paid.

By hiring a specialist accountant, you’ll be able to take advantage of our expert knowledge on claiming expenses and IR35; while letting us handle all the invoices and confusing paperwork will give you one less thing to worry about. Once you’ve got a firmer grip on your finances, you’ll suddenly find your life as a freelancer has become an awful lot easier. Claim your FREE consultation today to get started!