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My resolutions for 2013: some things stay the same, but there will be a few changes in my business and in this blog!

'New Year 2013' photo (c) 2012, Steve Evans - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/I think it's the first time when I decided to write proper New Year resolutions. You see, I don't normally write any resolutions. Instead, every year I write my personal letter to the Lord with some very specific requests. And then, at the end of the year I open that letter and rejoice when I see some (actually, quite a few this time!) of my prayers answered. But this time I also felt it was time to voice some decisions I've made. So, here are my resolutions:
1. I want to become a member of a professional translator association. Haven't yet decided which one. Still investigating it. But I have come to the point when I realize that I need it for my business. I used to be very skeptical about this whole issue of membership, but last year my opinion started to change. I still have doubts, but I am willing to give it a try for 1 year and see whether it will have any impact on my business and on my growth as a translation professional.

2. I want to make this blog a helpful tool for beginning and maybe even seasoned freelance translators where you'd find useful information regarding freelance business, marketing, networking, translation and linguistics. I am not going to publish as much new content about learning languages, because I want to concentrate more on the art and business of translation. That also concerns guest posts.
3. I am getting better at financial planning, budgeting etc., but I know I still have a long way to go. And I am planning to learn as much as I can this year and put my knowledge to practice. So financial side of freelance business is also going to be present in this blog from now on.
4. I am going to back up not just work-related files, programs etc, but also personal files, pictures etc. If you are a freelancer and you don't back up your data, you might find this post helpful. It has a lot of useful links.
5. I became a part of Sharp End Training team exactly a year ago with a goal to help freelance translators learn more about networking and marketing their services. And I am going to continue doing my very best this year. By the way, you might want to mark February 15th and 16th in your calendars. Why? You'll find out soon ;)

Have you made any decisions or plans about your business this year? What are they? I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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