Here we are at a new year – a new decade if, like me and 99% of the planet, you prefer to celebrate when the odometer ticks over and not when math says you should.

I don’t generally make new year’s resolutions, but I’ve been thinking over the last few months about solidifying my business principles so this seems like a good time to call them my resolutions for 2020:

  • Don’t be a jerk.
  • Don’t work with jerks.
  • Be authentic. Bring my true self to interactions so potential clients and I will know if we’re a good fit.
  • Choose more projects that do good. Reject projects that feel wrong.
  • Aim for variety. Pursue projects based on my eclectic interests and skills.
  • Get to know other freelancers and their specialties for referrals when projects aren’t up my alley (and to create a sense of community).
  • Maintain one pro bono client or other long-term volunteer commitment.
  • Be able to articulate my value and my values.

Do you make resolutions for your business? And if so, do they influence how you communicate to your audiences?

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