5 Easy Ways to Start the New Year Off Right

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Carla Tensuan

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As we wrap up 2022 and approach 2023 with much optimism, knowing what tasks to prioritize can be challenging. After all, there’s so much to do and so little time! That’s why it’s crucial to identify the most critical tasks to focus on at the start of a new year. Here are five easy ways to start the new year right.

New Year Task #1: Comply with tax requirements

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Start the year right by complying with regulatory requirements. Close your books from the previous year. Ensure you keep accurate records of your income and expenses. Renew your registration and permits. Submit your books and records to tax authorities. You’re a freelancer responsible for your accounting, taxes, and government contributions. Make sure you know what documents you need to file and when.

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New Year Task #2: Set goals and objectives

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Stay motivated and focused by setting goals and objectives for the year ahead. Identify your long-term goals, such as increasing your income or expanding your client base. Don’t forget to include personal goals like improving your work-life balance or learning a new skill.

Once you’ve identified your long-term goals, break them down into small, more achievable tasks. Finally, track your progress throughout the year with a spreadsheet or project management software.

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New Year Task #3: Make a plan

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Goal-setting involves more than just writing a to-do list. It includes setting deadlines for yourself and creating a schedule for completing tasks. More importantly, review your plan monthly or quarterly to ensure you’re making significant progress.

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New Year Task #4: Get organized

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Create a system for organizing your work. This system could include creating separate folders for different projects, using task management software, setting up a filing system for documents, or using a calendar to track deadlines. In addition to organizing your workload, create a strategy for your business finances. Set a budget, monitor your spending, and stay on top of your client invoices. Lastly, manage your time by setting a time for focus, marketing, and administrative work.

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New Year Task #5: Invest in yourself

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Focus on your development to stay competitive in the freelancing market. The first step is to identify areas of opportunity for growth. Take a class or workshop or invest in new tools or technology. Listen to podcasts and read books on freelancing and writing. Most importantly, set aside some time to rest and recharge.

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Now that you know how to start the new year right as a freelancer, why not take the time to get started? Good luck! Take the time now to focus on these tasks, and you’ll be on your way to achieving your goals for the new year.

About the author

Carla Tensuan is a freelance writer, editor, and communications specialist. She specializes in crafting creative copy, blog content, and press releases. She enjoys listening to podcasts, reading books, and practicing yoga in her free time. She lives with her husband in Manila, Philippines.