So here’s a short checklist of things you may want to consider for your voice-acting business before New Year’s rolls around:
1-Get out all those invoices to delinquent accounts with maybe a few strong words about how you’ve been patient enough, thankyou.
2-While you’re at it, be sure to pay-off OTHER freelancers (SEO gurus, writers, graphic artists, etc.) the money you owe THEM.
3-Download all of 2009’s financial records from your bank into your accounting software.
4-Revisit whatever 2009 New Year’s resolution list you had, and try to squeeze-in at least one more undone item.
4-Back-up your hard drive’s documents, sound-files, and pictures…in short, any personally-generated files that you can’t just reinstall from the original disks. (You should be doing this every week, actually)
6-Now that you’ve got almost a year’s worth of data behind you, run a Google Analytics check on the traffic to your website or blog. It’s a treasure-trove.
7-Fire off an email-or-two to your favorite client, thanking them for their steadfastness and help in 2009, and reminding them you stand ready to help them with their projects for 2010.
8-Plan now for whatever coaching, conferences, or business seminars you need to attend in other cities or states. (Seriously consider VOICE2010…it’ll be the best!)
9-Pay any State dues, fees, or what-have-you to keep your business license up-to-date.
10-Start thinking about a serious 2010 News Year’s Resolution list for your business. Be honest. Aim high. Write down anything that comes to mind.
BONUS ITEM: Pick at least one person – a mentor or supporter – who made a difference in being there for you when you were in a valley of VO, and tell them how much you cherish their friendship and ask them what you can do for them.