How to Properly Start the Year of a Small Business?

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.

Projects Calendar

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!

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2 Comments

  1. Reply

    Jan Zac

    January 11, 2018

    Hello ,

    I saw your tweets and thought I will check your website. Have to say it looks very good!
    I’m also interested in this topic and have recently started my journey as young entrepreneur.

    I’m also looking for the ways on how to promote my website. I have tried AdSense and Facebok Ads, however it is getting very expensive. Was thinking about starting using analytics. Do you recommend it?
    Can you recommend something what works best for you?

    I also want to improve SEO of my website. Would appreciate, if you can have a quick look at my website and give me an advice what I should improve: http://janzac.com/
    (Recently I have added a new page about FutureNet and the way how users can make money on this social networking portal.)

    I have subscribed to your newsletter. 🙂

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    P.S.
    Maybe I will add link to your website on my website and you will add link to my website on your website? It will improve SEO of our websites, right? What do you think?

    Regards
    Jan Zac

    • Reply

      Dovile

      January 12, 2018

      Hi Jan! Thanks for getting in touch!

      Speaking of SEO I would recommend for you to try some other options. As I saw, you already have a blog and that’s great since the content is #1 priority nowadays. This is what I would do to improve SEO if I were you:
      1. Reach out to your audience via Facebook groups, Reddit, Quora and social media (Facebook and Twitter in your case).
      2. Check out Bloglovin, when you register there and publish a post it appears to people who are interested in what you offer. It helps me a lot to grow my audience.
      3. Improve your blog graphics: in each post include at least one image with the headline and link to your blog. Then pin that image to the Pinterest. You won’t see any results quickly but in 6 months or so people will start coming and then it might become your best resource. To make the process quicker, try to get into the Pinterest boards that already have followers, the more people will see your pin the better.
      4. Always put your audience first and never stop writing your blog.

      Hope this will help you. I will leave your comment with the link to the website.:)

      Cheers!

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