In the spirit of the New Year, January is the perfect time to create new goals for both yourself and your small business. Setting short and long term goals are a common practice when planning how to move forward with projects not only in your personal life but also for all aspects of your business.
Check out the ideas and articles below to kick start your January goal setting.
Consider everything you dream of accomplishing and write it all down in one, five and ten year increments.
Step 2: Brainstorm the Possibilities
Find a brainstorming method to follow to find any ideas lurking in your subconscious
Step 3: Sort the Options
Sort all the options into categories such as personal, business and other.
Step 4: Create a Plan
You should be able to identify goals you would like to focus on after completing Step 3. Continue with those goals by creating an action plan to define your responsibilities in order to obtain the goal.
Step 5: Focus on Today
Your goals should be broken into pieces so that each day you can be one step closer to your end goal.
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18 Small Business Goals
To help you get started with your small business goals this year, here is a list of goals that could potentially change your business for the better.
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The Balance: 18 Small Business Goals You Can Set This Year
Excellent managers encourage the best possible performance and therefore, achieve the best results.
Below are 7 management goals:
- Provide better feedback
- Set clearer objectives
- Delegate meaningful work
- Give employees autonomy
- Ask staff for input
- Recognize hard work
- Carve out one-on-one time.
4 Goals For Every Small-Business Owner
Now is the time for making changes to improve upon our happiness. This applies to business too. Here are four goals every small business owner should set this year:
Focus on your employees
Focus on taking better care of your employees in the year ahead. Keeping employees happy is both important financially and for the overall office morale. Ask employees where they see themselves several years down the road and do what you can to accommodate their desires and goals.
Talk to your customers more
Make it a goal to talk to your customers more often. Whether its a one-on-one conversation, focus group or surveys, try to get a better understanding of where the customer mindset will be in the next year.
Evaluate your stress levels
Evaluate your stress level and consider personal initiatives to make sure that you'll still enjoy running your business several years down the road.
Plan ahead financially
Determine where you see your business in six months, one year and three years down the road. Set benchmarks along the way that you need to meet in order to achieve the goals you set. Once you have a plan, be sure to constantly track your progress.