Setting goals for 2009

posted on 27th of december, 2008

As of December 31st, our total earnings on Dreamstime will be just over $1000. While a decent amount of money, we will not get to our goal with another year like that. Obviously there’s a need to greatly increase our number of salable images quickly.

Goals in microstock may be measured by many different statistics: RPI, earnings, download rates, sell through, approval percent, size of your portfolio, etc. For Dreamstime, we’ll focus on the obvious two: portfolio size and earnings.

My goal for 2009 portfolio size is to have more than 10,000 accepted images by 12/31/09 on Dreamstime.

My goal for 2009 earnings is to earn $5,000 for the year. While not “huge” by any definition, this would be around $400 a month for the year and would represent the figure that would continue our journey in a positive direction.

So here’s a reason to continue reading my blog entries. I am not going to stick around and pretend to be doing something I’m not. Too many people set goals and fail to reach them, yet still continue the journey unfazed. I often share my experiences and ideas in hopes of helping you. If I can’t help myself first, I can’t help you.

If I fail to reach both goals by 12/31/09, I will no longer write on Dreamstime blogs and NiltoMil.com will close for good whether I continue to shoot microstock or not.

So wish me luck! I wish you luck in 2009 in reaching all of your goals. (Luck wishing appreciated by clicking “Comment” below)

Comments (5)

Posted by Joezachs on May 25, 2010
Like your picture What a catch - spiderweb
Posted by Rebeccaosborn on December 28, 2008
Congrats and all the best for 2009.. i hope you can reach your goals and do even more successful then you imagined! Good luck!
Posted by Ilbcnu on December 27, 2008
I think I once heard somewhere that we are the only ones that limit ourselves- so see it, plan it and make it happen!! Good luck ~ adding you to favorites so I too can watch you succeed.
Posted by Creativei on December 27, 2008
Good luck Dear Matt, Well I will be following your portfolio from Jan 1st, so watch out we are watching, I want you to reach that goal, it will be a motivation for everyone. Good luck my friend. Well you already have 1000 plus pics, so you need to have 23 images online per day.
Posted by Fultonsphoto on December 27, 2008
Good luck with your goals for 2009, you have set yourself quite some target, but looking at your portfolio, I am sure you will do well in the coming year.

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