No matter what stage you are at with your business, start 2013 in positive circumstances and open to success. If you have been in business a while now, it is time to do some reflecting. If you are just starting out, then get ready for all the wonderful challenges that lie ahead.
Here are some tried and tested methods that work wonders to get you in the right frame of mind, and ready for success.
This is meant literally. Wherever you work, clear out your desk and work space. It is just amazing how much clearer you can think when you de-clutter. Even if you are just starting out, make sure your desk is organised.
Create a vision
If you have been going for a while you might already have a vision. Think about if it is still relevant. If you are a new business owner, then write down some ideas for a vision. Then set goals too. Creating a plan for the next 12 months can be incredibly motivating. Don’t worry if some goals seem too big. You have to start somewhere.
Update your network
Get in touch with contacts you haven’t seen for a while. See what they are up to and if there is any way you can help each other out. Register for some new networking events, and meet new people. Remember, networking is not about selling your business there and then to all you meet. It is about cultivating relationships, long term, and seeing how you can help others.
Plan for growth
You may or may not be expecting to grow this year. Even a very small, one person business can expect work flow to ebb and flow. Nothing is certain and life throws out funny things but as much as possible, try to plan for any growth, or busy times, as well as any predicted quiet times. Being prepared now means the year can be a smoother ride.
Identify your A-class clients
A true A-class client is not necessarily the one that pays you the most money. A true A-class client is one that pays well, sure. But also one that you enjoy working with, and who are easy to deal with. Then, once you identify the clients that make you happy, thank them. Send them a gift. Discount their next invoice. Refer them a client. Do something to show your appreciation. Next look at all your other clients and identify which ones you want to work with in 2013, and how you can get more of these A-class clients in the future.
Separate work and personal
If you run your own business, you probably work long hours. When you are not ‘working’ you are probably thinking about work. If you enjoy what you do, it’s hard to switch off. And that is great, it’s great that you are so passionate. But taking time out for you is vital. Family and friends who support you want to see you happy. So try to carve out set work hours or designated work places around the house. Don’t neglect your personal life, after all running your own business should allow you to have the perfect balance.