Before 2015 makes its appearance, it is the ideal time to look at your achievements from the current year and set forth goals for the upcoming year. Do you look at the new year as a clean slate? Do you make it a practice to clear out last year’s goals before year end?
Here are items to reflect upon before the new year arrives. Determine now whether you need to change the way you track and monitor your goals and successes:
- Are your goals clearly defined? You need to set goals that have measurable outcomes trackable performance indicators.
- Are you tracking the correct metrics? Are you using the proper tools to measure goals?
- Do you set aside time, on a regular basis, in your calendar and on your to-do list to check-in with your goals and make certain you’re on track? Taking time to regroup and set a new course early on is the best course of action; you don’t want to get to the end of the year and wonder what went wrong.
Take time now to write your goals down and kick start the new year with a plan of action!
The new year is fast approaching and perhaps you’re thinking that you want to become a business owner in the new year. If that’s the case, you will want to not only put together a business plan, but you will want to determine whether you’ve got what it takes to lead. Not everyone who has entrepreneurial drive has the skills to be a leader.
Whether you’re a solopreneur or are leading a small cadre of employees or contractors, you will need to answer the question of, “Do I have what it takes to lead” before you leave your day job.
Consider these qualities and determine whether you fit the bill. (Remember, that leadership and business skills can be taught by working with a business coach):
- Could you share your professional value and your expertise with others? Either verbally or on paper? If you’re a business owner and need to lead, you need to be able to articulate your vision.
- Do you have the skill to look at a problem and determine where your solution aka expertise will fit in and solve the problem?
- Many a great business idea has fallen by the wayside because its creator didn’t have follow through. Do you have the follow through to cope with disappointments and downsides of being a business owner? The ability to get up and dust yourself off after a failure?
Are you looking to become a business owner in 2015? If you’re not sure where to begin, give our office a call and we can walk you through the start up process.
Business owners — whether you’re a new entrepreneur or have been in business for decades — still need to spend time marketing themselves and their businesses in order to achieve growth and success.
Here are our top three business building steps:
- Word of mouth and credibility will take you a long way. New entrepreneurs will need to work to prove credibility and this can be done by consistently performing at high levels of service.
- Once you’ve signed a client to a contract, the work isn’t over, it’s just beginning. You need to be available to your clients and responsive to their needs and concerns. You also need to be visible at networking events, volunteer organizations and other places in which you can network with others to grow your business.
- Share your expertise and skills. How can you do this? By blogging. By being on a board or a member of a group in which your talents will shine through. It is your unique expertise and the knowledge that you bring to the services you offer that set you apart.
Being a business owner is only the first step in the process of success. Continuing to network and market yourself and to continue keep up with trends in your industry are crucial.
As every person knows, it’s easy to stay within your comfort zone. In many instances, though entrepreneurs are willing to move out of the comfortable space and take a chance on a new endeavor. I
Entrepreneurs know that if they don’t move outside of their comfort zone they won’t be able to grow or change and they — and in turn, their business — will become stagnant.
Here are three ways you can step outside of your comfort zone:
- Have big plans. Do you have a vision for your life? For your work? If you don’t then you aren’t dreaming big or planning big.
- Your attitude and perspective will help you to move out of that place in which you are comfortable. You need courage to grow your business.
- Having a “can do” attitude will help you go far. You must also be willing to fail — many entrepreneurs do and they get up, brush themselves off, and try again. Don’t be self defeating in your desire to grow and move outside of where you’re comfortable.
Are there any steps you can take today in your life and in your business that will push you outside of that comfortable place?