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This time of year is usually a time of reflection on the previous twelve months as well as planning for the new year. I’m not a fan of New Year’s Eve because I don’t like the expectations that come with it. Everyone else seems to be having more fun, or is more optimistic about changing their lives based on the calendar change the following day. For me, September was always the time for setting resolutions and feeling optimistic about have better habits. No coincidence that this is when all things back to school are in full swing.
By far the steepest learning curve in my self-employed life has been in relation to pricing my services. No matter how many articles I’ve read, seminars I’ve attended, or friends I’ve asked, I always have what can only be described as a sinking feeling when asked to quote for a type of project that I haven’t done before.
In January 2017 I opened the spreadsheet I’d been using for three years and changed the name from Job Applications 2016 to Job Applications 2017. I applied for six jobs that month, lengthy application forms, letters of motivation and online aptitude tests. I even had to print out and post three copies one of the applications – a first in over 3 years of applications. I made a big decision that month - I was not going to spend the following eleven months applying for jobs. They say the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Well this form of madness had to stop, there had to be a better way.