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Artists Performance Review

This is the time of year when corporations are doing performance reviews with employees.  I remember those days, where I worked I had to write my own review, based on some guidelines, and send it to my boss who agreed or disagreed.  I also had to set goals and all that stuff.  I never really liked it, especially when the company got to the point financially where nobody could exceed expectations.  It was a situation where you had to work really hard but you knew you were only going to meet goal and compensation.  Very demoralizing, wouldn't you say?

Now I'm my self employed and I'm not required to do a performance review.  Or am I?  When you think about it, it's really not a bad idea.  It's a time of reflecting back on what has happened over the past year and looking, honestly at what has worked and what has failed, what could be done better, and what shouldn't be done ever again.  It's a good thing to set goals and figure out a way to reach those goals.
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For example, one of my goals this year is to increase sales from my Etsy shop.  It's been horribly neglected for most of it's existence and that is truly a waste.  So I'm putting more effort into it and you'll see more activity there as well as a sale or coupon every now and then.  That's a measurable goal, if what I try works I'll continue, if it doesn't work I'll stop and try other possibilities.

I also want to develop more consistency in the look and feel of my work.  This means doing some things differently with my work habits and glazing.  Again, I'll look at this and figure out what is working for me and what is not and make changes as are appropriate.  It's all very exciting.

What would you put on your performance review?

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  1. Every client, every blog post, book written, is my performance review. I'm only as good as my last job.

    Power of intention.

    LOVE your choice to take action.

    Garden & Be Well, XO T

    1. It's so true Tara, every client and potential client is your boss when you're self employed.

    2. my sales were great last year, I had fun, i have great ideas going on for i give myself "keep it up!", and for you? I give you tremendous credit for laying it out systematically and telling us in public, and give us quarterly updates!


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