The New Year is a great time for a fresh start. It’s a time to reassess your business goals.
Before you do this, you need to get your business prepared. Between Christmas and New Year, you have some time. Even if you want to close everything down, you’ll have some free time on your hand and it’s time to use it productively.
Here are my tips for getting your business prepared for the New Year.
Decide on Your Goals
What do you want to achieve this year? Setting your goals now is a good place to start. They don’t need to be written in stone, but you want to have goals that are SMART. These are goals that you’re more likely to stick to and achieve.
I like to spend a few hours on my goals. It may seem excessive, but I go through finance goals, writing goals, overall business goals etc. They’re all important and I like to break them all down to make sure I don’t miss out on anything.
Just one of mine this year is to finally get my history website up and running. It’s been something that I’ve been putting off. Since I’m going to be on maternity leave for a while, I still have time to set this up and really think about it. For the first time in a long time, I’m not setting all my New Year business goals until towards the end of my maternity leave.
You likely don’t have that time, so decide on your goals now.
Get a Plan of Action
How are you going to achieve your goals? While setting them, think about your plan of action.
I got my 2016 diary back in October. That’s given me plenty of time to get a loose plan of action together (including my maternity leave plans).
Right now, a lot of types of diaries will be available. I still love paper diaries, but you could opt for one online. There are pros and cons to both types. Some people choose both!
Like your goals, your plan doesn’t have to be completely set in stone right now. Unlike your goals, I’d suggest working on a short term plan at the moment. Think about the next month or so, because you never know what could change in the future.
Choose Your Outsourcing Options
If you haven’t considered it yet, outsourcing is something that you should think about now. This is a way to get prepared.
It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to choose to outsource in the future, but at least think about it. Consider the benefits of outsourcing and the areas of your business that could benefit from it. Blogging, financing, organizing are all things in business that can be outsourced.
This could certainly make your business runnier easier and quicker in 2016. You could expand in areas that you’ve never been able to before, or even push your business in a direction you never thought possible in the past.
Now is your chance to think about preparing your business for the New Year. Set some goals and create a plan; even a loose one. You will soon find that 2016 can start with a bang.