You have to do business planning if you have a business. Home businesses are not exempt from this requirement. Whether you are just starting a home business or already have a going concern, your success may depend on this all important task. The New Year is a natural trigger for reviewing the past, taking stock and setting goals.
So if you think tagging your goals as New Year’s resolutions is a “kiss of death” then don’t call them that but recognize this is a good exercise and do it for the sake of your business.
I’ve gleaned a few ideas to get you started from the blog posts of our Starting A Home Business Team. I hope you find them useful.
Write or review your business plan
If you are starting a home business and have not written your business plan yet, here is a good place to start.
Questions are posed in each of these key topical areas to help organize your thinking and formulate your plans.
But what if you already have a business plan and a going concern? In that case, you will want look at ways to re-energize your business.
Re-Energize Your Business
In 5 Tips To Re-Energize Your Business you find thought provoking questions to help you take another look at:
- Your Vision
- Your Business
- Your Operations
- Your Priorities
- Your Commitment
Getting organized is right up there with losing weight and getting fit when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. It is a worthy goal for your home business because it can impact your productivity and your level of stress. In his book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, David Allen describes a five-stage method for managing workflow.
Read about it in the blog post Personal Development | Stress-Free Productivity and let it guide your efforts to get organized in the New Year.
Simplify and Focus
This sounds akin to getting organized but, trust me, it’s not. Life gets more complex as time goes by. It’s sort of like weeds in a garden. Things creep into our lives and begin to take over unless we are proactive in keeping them out.
The author of Personal Development | When Less is More puts it this way:
Simplifying enables us to work to our full ability and efficiently. Imagine a peaceful life style where you can do things at walking pace rather than continually be doing a 100 meter dash. You feel in control of what is going on and can plan rather than just react. There is time to breath, time to complete tasks and time for you. Keeping life simple leaves room for creativity and nourishment of the mind. Sounds great doesn’t it? So how do we get there?
Check it out. You'll find several ideas for rounding out your resolutions for your business planning for the New Year.
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Oh, and Happy New Year! Make it a successful one.