A year started properly will make it much easier for you to keep motivated and work towards your business goals. This is especially important for small business owners who struggle to work consistently and take their business as just a hobby or a side hustle. Why am I telling you this and how I know that? Well, I did the same but I’ve learned from my mistakes and want you to avoid them. Make this year different, start the year properly and start growing your business today.
What is your goal?
First things first, when you’re planning the following year for your business, you must determine your goal. Think about where do you want your business to be in one year? Be realistic but don’t underestimate your capabilities. Maybe you want to have a particular number of clients or earn a certain amount of money or anything else. Think what it is that you truly wish for your business. Also, remember to keep your goal SMART, other way you won’t be sure whether you’ve accomplished it or not. You can find the paragraph about SMART goals here.
What Are the Steps?
Once you’ll have the main goal, think about the steps that would lead you to accomplish that goal. I usually start writing the steps backward, starting with the last step I’ll have to take and ending with the first one. Imagine every point where you want your business to be and ask yourself ‘What do I need to do to be there?‘. You should have 7-10 steps, depending on how much time every step will take.
Know the Dates
You need to know all the important dates and the deadlines for the steps you puzzled out earlier. Have a look at the key shopping dates and choose the ones that are important particularly to your business. Then think about the dates that are important to your business but aren’t mentioned. Maybe you’re offering a product or service which is in high demand in some seasons or maybe there are some specific events you want to participate in.
Now it’s time to craft a projects calendar. When you have all the important dates, steps and the main goal ready, it’s time to put everything together. You have to fit your business’s steps into the following year in order to accomplish the main goal. I know this is a tricky situation where you need to improvise and guess how much time each step will take but keep realistic, think about your capabilities and I’m sure you will do great. Some steps might take more time and others will take less. You need to plan when each step has to be finished.
What is Next?
What you need to do next is to take the first step. Divide that step into small and specific actions, each of them should take no more than one day. If it takes more – divide it again. Once you’ll have the actions ready, take your agenda and, according to the deadline of your first step, write down when what action must be taken.
Start the Year!
This is it, you’re ready to start the year properly! Just get to that first thing on your agenda and start working!
What goals do you want to accomplish by the end of the next year? I’d love to know that!