It is an exciting time, as it is the first week of a New Year. Buying a planner or writing down goals are a couple of ways a mom whom is in the early stages of planning a new business or hoping to push her new business along might start off in the right direction. In order to set your self up for success I have come up with four simple tips to use while planning for 2017.
- Planning a whole year is a lot, and it can be overwhelming. Use the Business Quarter system and plan the first three months out. Reevaluate your goals after the first three months to see if you met them and then plan for quarter 2. Things can change, so keep it simple and maybe putting a goal in a different quarter will help you get it done rather than things just dragging along.
- Having ideas for your business or ideas for a new business is great, but if you have too many, they will never become a reality and they will just stay on your list. Think about reviewing all the ideas from last year to see if they are still worth acting on during this New Year. By getting rid of ideas that do not work will allow the new ideas to get attention and be implemented. Having the ideas on a spreadsheet and marking the most important ideas will help.Bonus Tip about Ideas: Always ask yourself if the idea will help you make money in your business. If not, set it aside or remove it.
- Finances are not the most fun part of having a business but it is very important to set up a tracking system to know where you stand. When I first started my pet business I was quite intimated by the whole process. Deciding to sign up for Intuit Quickbooks mobile version this year and using the Lucky Bitch App as another way to keep track of payments has made me feel more confident in learning the process as well as knowing what my business is making.
- Self-care is very important and often overlooked by mom business owners. This can be self-discovery, self-awareness, or simply creating a chance to nurture your relationships or do something fun. We cannot run a business well if we neglect ourselves and taking a day off is not a bad thing. We start our businesses to have control over our lives and income, so let’s use that reason to treat ourselves well. Bonus Tip: Mark your self-care days on your calendar so they will happen. Sometimes the most simple things need to be on our calendar to remember.
I hope these tips help you enjoy this New Year and guide you when handling the ups and downs of having a business. I created a Cheat Sheet http://movinmoms.com/goals-cheat-sheet/ that is useful to reference while planning or to remember as you continue on your journey as a work at home mom.