by Niall Doherty

Greetings from Colombia!

After a six-week overland journey from Rio de Janeiro, I arrived here in Medellín a week ago. While I had many a fun adventure en route, all that moving around wasn’t exactly conducive to getting a lot of work done. As such, my savings have run quite low (email subscribers will see exact numbers next week in my October finance report).

My plan now is to stay put in Medellín until mid-December, get into a solid work routine, and stash away a few pesos so I can continue my travels up through Central America and reach New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras (mid-February).

To help motivate myself, I’m setting a goal to win $5,000 in new business this November.[1]

To reach that goal, I’ll primarily be leveraging my skills in web design and development, aiming to land some quality freelance gigs, but I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for other opportunities as well.

If you’re a freelancer yourself, why not join me by setting your own income goal for November?

It doesn’t have to be $5k, but it should be an amount that gets you excited/nervous.

If you’re in, do these three things:

  1. Make sure you’re signed up for my Business & Entrepreneurship mailing list. You can jump on here.
  2. In the comments below, post your income goal for the month.
  3. Also in the comments, tell me what skills you’re going to leverage to make it happen.

I’ll post at least one weekly update throughout November to let you know how I fare, what works for me, and what doesn’t. I’ll also be encouraging you to check in each week to share your progress.

You in?

[1] As mentioned, my goal is to win $5,000 in new business this November. Breaking that down:

  • By “win” I mean that all $5k doesn’t have to change hands in November. It will be enough for me to have solid agreements in place. For example, I may start work on a $3k project on November 7th, with a 50% deposit paid up front, and the final 50% paid upon project completion in December. That will still count as a full $3k towards the goal.
  • By “new business” I mean the income must be from projects started fresh in November. That way I can’t count the few hundred dollars I have owed to me by existing clients for work done in previous months.
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