Earlier I discussed why one should keep a freelance journal in my article “3 Reasons to Keep a Freelance Journal”. Now I will tell you how to keep a freelance journal.
Materials Need to Keep a Freelance Journal:
-Journal or notebook
-Pens and/or pencils
That’s it! Of course, you can use a number of decorations and such if you want, but they aren’t necessary to actually keep the freelance journal.
How to Set Up Your Freelance Journal
Here is an outline of how I keep my freelance journal. I date and number the entry and then use a series of subheadings, numbered lists, and bulletins.
Under this second, I keep track of how many daily page views I received, the total page views for the month, the total payment for page views, any new offers, feedback, or assignments that I claim if any.
An email can be very important in the world of the web. Keep track of important emails from the sites you produce for, potential clients, current clients, and any emails that you send.
3. Article Ideas
This is pretty straight-forward: write down new article ideas. Leave a bit of space in case you think of more throughout the day.
4. Daily Goals
This section is also fairly straight-forward. Write down what articles you want to produce, how many of them, etc.
5. Other Jobs
If you write for other places, keep track of your other jobs in this section. Write down if you take down any new jobs, the requirements of the assignment, the date, the payment, etc.
6. Other Goals
All freelancers have to do things that aren’t just writing. You know the ones I’m talking about, the housekeeping stuff like promotion. I also write down other types of content I want to produce here (slideshows generally for me).
7. Other Articles
Keep track of articles that you write that aren’t on your goal list. Sometime you decide not to write the topics you picked out, and write something else.
8. Overall Daily Statistics
Write down the number of articles you wrote during the day, how many were published, how many pieces of other types of content you produced, the total number of articles you have published overall, your biggest PV earner daily, how much money you made on offers and PV, etc.
Tips on Keeping a Freelance Journal
Do this every single day or the purpose of keeping track of your successes and failures and making yourself a better freelancer is lost.
You might want to tweak the formatting, obviously, but this is a good place to start and covers all of the bases.