September in a Nut Shell
For me, September is always one of those months that seems to go fast and slow at the same time. Does anyone else feel that way? Now that it’s over, I wanted to share a roundup of things that have happened this month, tips and tricks I’ve learned, and my goals for October.
First, I want to tell you about my magic moment of the month. It was super scary, but…
I QUIT MY JOB!
New Blog Posts
My goal was to publish 4 blog posts this month, which I am happy to say I accomplished. This post even bumps me up to five.
- 10 of the Best Plugins Every Blogger Needs
- Making Pinterest Possible: What You Need to Know
- What to Charge as a Freelance Writer
- The Best FREE Financial Software Every Freelancer Needs
Things I Recommend
I also wanted to share some great finds from September. Some of these are resources for freelance writers and bloggers as well as social media tips. Others are just things I genuinely loved and wanted to share, even if they have nothing to do with freelancing, blogging, or social media.
My Favorite Blog Posts by Other Bloggers This Month
- How to Create a Writing Routine as a Freelance Writer
- 5 Ways to Serve an Email List
- The 5 Google Analytics #’s You Should Know in Your Business
- How to Write SEO Friendly Blog Posts
My Favorite Resources This Month
I’m always looking for new resources that help me grow my business or teach me something I didn’t know. I usually turn to podcasts, other bloggers, and books to help me out. Here are some of my favorite discoveries this month.
I have been listening to Podcasts nonstop since I moved in May. Most of them are true crime podcasts (I’m a little obsessed) but I’ve also been listening to business podcasts. This month there’s been one in particular that I can’t stop listening to!
Here’s what I’ve been binging on:
The Goal Digger Podcast – This is a podcast by Jenna Kutcher that’s published twice a week and is aimed towards “girl bosses.” Jenna shares tips on being an entrepreneur including how to build and manage an email list, marketing, finding clients, and being productive. She also interviews other girl bosses like Melyssa Griffin, Nikki Elledge Brown, and Ashlynn Carter.
If you haven’t checked out The Goal Digger Podcast, definitely put it on your list! It’s helped me find inspiration of days I haven’t felt motivated, given me places to start when I was lost and helped me think about my business from an entirely different perspective.
The She Approach’s Guide to Making Pinterest Possible – One of the blog posts I wrote this month was about Making Pinterest Possible, which I read in July. I’ve continued implementing the tips I learned in the guide and since I published that post on September 13th, my Pinterest has grown even more.
Here are my current numbers (as of 9/29):
Monthly Viewers – 223,792 (+64k)
Followers – 1,987 (+271)
That’s just two weeks!
My Favorite Books This Month
I set a reading goal of 4 books this month. Despite how busy I’ve been, I somehow managed to clear 8 books out of my to be read pile. Just as surprising, I actually really liked all of them! I can be a little picky about the books I read but these ones surpassed my expectations.
Just for Fun Reads:
- The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager*
- Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear*
- Ghosted by Rosie Walsh*
- The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
- Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough*
- White Lies by Lucy Dawson
*These are books I picked for past Book of the Month books. If you haven’t checked out Book of the Month, I highly recommend it! My reading tastes have expanded so much since I joined a year ago and you can’t beat the membership price of $14.99 for a hardcover new release. Use my referral link to get a free book when you sign up!
Business & Personal Development Reads:
Here’s the plan for October.
Quitting my job was an awesome feeling but I have to admit, the closer it gets to my last day the more nervous I get. This is a HUGE step in my business and it requires a lot of preparation, planning, and focus. October is going to center a lot around developing a marketing plan for my business as well as finding new clients.
I also enrolled in the Killer Cold Emailing course Jorden Roper (of The Creative Revolt) created, which I’m really excited about.
Here are my October business goals:
- Find 2 new clients
- Finish the KCE course
- Change web hosts for my business website & redesign it
My main blogging goals are related to adding more content and upping my traffic.
My October blogging goals:
- Write 6 new blog posts
- Create 2 new opt-ins
- Update my resource library
Hopefully, these goals will be a breeze, but who knows what the month will bring! Stay tuned for the end of October where I share how the month went and what it’s like to work from home as a full-time freelance writer!
Katie Jenison is a freelance writer offering copywriting, blogging, and ghostwriting services. She works closely with home builders, remodelers, interior designers, real estate and property management professionals to help them create content marketing strategies, improve their digital presence, generate leads, and engage with their target audience. Katie also helps freelance writers and creative entrepreneurs pursue their dreams of working from home by providing tips and advice, business strategies, and writing tips on her blog, The Quiet Type. Download her free workbook, A Freelancer’s Guide to Setting Rates, here.