When I started freelancing full-time (if you're just joining us, I made freelance writing my career in June of 2007), I was hesitant to set specific goals for myself. I was unsure what to expect, and to be honest I was afraid of failure. I figured as long as I could keep my head above water--meaning pay my bills and buy groceries--that was good enough to start with.
Now a little more than a year and a half later, I'm feeling more confident. The fear, while not completely gone, has abated considerably. So today I hauled out the calculator and, using my pitiful but serviceable math skills, came up with a monthly monetary goal.
If I reach it more often than not (and I am fairly certain I can--hopefully I'll even exceed it on occasion), I will have made more at the end of the year than I did in my last year at the cube farm job. That means not only can I pay bills and buy groceries, but I can resume my unhealthy "new shoes" habit!