Well, we almost made it to the end of 2020. Good riddance.
This isn't my year end wrap up – I wait for the final numbers to be tallied to do that – but I imagine a lot of you are looking back at your 2020. May I make a suggestion if you are? Well, two:
1. Evaluate your clients. How you do this depends on your freelance writing goals, but I advise you to consider more than just what they pay you. Your highest paying client can also be the one that keeps you up at night, whether it's because of a mean manager, you have to fight for every check, or you just don't like the work. If a client is giving you that much anxiety, it's probably time for them to go. Same with low payers who suck up a lot of time and don't compensate you fairly in return, no matter how close you feel to the person you're writing for. You don't need to fire these clients right away, but you can make a plan to replace that income, and then let them go. Which brings me to item two.
2. Write a business plan. Yes, a real business plan because that's what you are: a business! If you've never done one before, it'll make you think through your goals and how to get there. Here's a pretty good place to start. If you don't 100% stick to it the entire year, that's okay! Being flexible is a good thing – 2020 taught us that. But if you're taking time now to set goals for the future, going through the work of writing a business plan can help.
More next year!
"Here's Where AI Has Taken Over in the Clinic" for MedPage Today
"Building a Foundation for the Laboratory of the Future" for Clinical Laboratory News
"Matt Mendelsohn's Intimate Portraits" for Binghamton University Magazine
"Boot Camp Goes Digital" for Seton Hall Magazine
"By a Nose: Audit Program Lowers Rates of Lung Disease in Preterm Infants Supported with CPAP" for Consult QD
"Research Finds Antibiotic Use During Chemotherapy Is Associated with Decreased Overall Survival in Women with Epithelial Ovarian Cancer" for Consult QD
"The Future of Maternal-Fetal Medicine" for Consult QD
What I'm Reading
- A Promised Land by Barak Obama. I did this as an audiobook, and I'm glad I did it in that format. It also gave me a lot of insights into…whatever is going on in politics right now. It didn't just spring up overnight.
- It's In His Kiss and On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn. The last two books in the Bridgerton series phew! I am watching the show right now. The books are a verrrrrry loose outline that they built a world upon. I like the books and the show (though I'm not done with the show yet).
- The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson. I liked it! I write about science quite a bit (see above) and this was a great way to patch up on spots I don't know, without being too drawn and heavy.
- High Society. I got HBO Max for Christmas. It's a nice gift, one that'll keep on giving. It has a fantastic collection of classic movies. I've seen this a zillion times, but I watched it again. I never thought of it as a screwball comedy, but that's exactly what it is. Also now I need oxford shoes (last photo). And this is just fun:
- Heaven's Gate. This has been the year of learning about cults. I listened to a book about Jim Jones, and podcasts about James Arthur Ray and NXIVM and Short Creek and then this documentary series about Heaven's Gate. Yikes!
- Best In Show. God Loves a Terrier.
- Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special. It was cute! And fun. And what else can a gal ask for?
- Soul. I watched this the morning after Christmas, and it's still sticking with me. It's powerful and gorgeous and, as many people have already said, Pixar's first movie made for grown ups (though of course kids can watch it too). It hit me as a creative person square on the heart. I do hope to someday see it on the big screen.
- Wonder Woman 1984. I know feelings are mixed on this, but I enjoyed it.
Jen A. Miller