by Niall Doherty

Here’s the mid-month update on my goal to win $5,000 of new business in November.

As of this writing, halfway through the month, my income from all “new” business is at $900, and I have another $875 due from unfinished projects.

So that puts me at the $1,775 mark.

Last week I reported that I’d reached $1,160, so progress definitely slowed for me in week two.

So far this month I’ve spent significant time pitching and discussing big projects. One of them — which would have easily put me over the $5k mark — fell through on Friday, so that was a bit of a bummer, though I don’t think there’s anything I could have done different/better to seal the deal. It just wasn’t meant to be.

The week ahead

I need to follow up with one big prospect and see if we can work together. Other than that I mostly plan to keep doing what I’ve been doing: reaching out to friends and acquaintances and letting them know I’m available for web design/development work.

Alternative methods of lead generation

Even though, for the most part, I intend to stick with what I’ve been doing, I’m trying to be careful not to rule out other methods of lead generation. Last week two friends sent me this article: How to use AngelList to win more than 30 consulting offers in 30 days.

So I put aside an hour and followed the steps outlined there for generating leads on AngelList.

The result?

Nothing 🙁

But the reason I bring it up is to encourage you to keep experimenting and taking action, even if you’re skeptical about certain ideas for finding work.

Doing something is always better than doing nothing. So don’t wait around waiting for the perfect plan to fall into your lap before taking action. Invest a little time in a few different ideas, track the results and see what pays off.

How are you doing?

If you’ve come along for the ride and have set your own income goal this month, let me know via the comments below how it’s going for you. Specifically, tell me:

  • What’s working?
  • What’s not?
  • What are you going to do next?

P.S. For reference, here are the previous posts in this series:

P.P.S. If you know of anyone on the lookout for a great web developer, I’d love if you could send them this way!

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