It's that time of year. Love 'em or hate 'em, New Year’s resolutions are everywhere. While we believe in making positive changes at any time throughout the year when you know you need them, we can appreciate the hope and possibility associated with turning over the calendar.
Historically I've dealt mostly in fitness and wellness resolutions (for others and myself), so it's nice to turn my attention to business. If you're an entrepreneur, there's a good chance you're thinking a lot about how to boost your business in 2016, and you might even be making a few resolutions to help you do it.
We hope you're setting some specific goals for your business (perhaps in terms of sales, growth, hiring, or productivity), and you need to be taking action in all areas if you want to reach them. These five resolutions can help you do that. We'd certainly be committing to them to this year if we hadn't already, and we hope you do, too!
Become a Growth Advance Member
We've got a lot planned for this year, and can't wait to provide you with tools and ideas that will help transform your business. We're excited about your success! We're offering special pricing until December 31 (which you can lock in for life!), so now's a great time to start taking advantage of what we have to offer our members.
Read Every Day
We don't mean read for hours, but do commit to reading a few pages, especially from personal development books, every single day. The better you get, the better your business gets.
Meet Someone New Every Day (or at Least Every Week)
Do what you've got to do: attend events (whether they are designed specifically for business networking or not), ask your friends for introductions, or talk to someone in line at the store. Not every person will be your biggest client, and that's okay. The more people you talk to, the better you'll get at connecting, and you never know when one of them will be looking for what you can provide.
Outsource One Thing
It's tempting to try to do it all — because you know no one else can do it better, right? — especially when we're trying to save money as we get a business up and running. But getting one thing off your plate means you can have more time to focus on the things you're really good at. These are just some of the tasks you can outsource. What else would be good to take off your schedule?
Get specific about how you're going to do this. Try giving 10% of your income to a favorite charity, organization, or individual who could use it, or donate your time at a food bank or homeless shelter. Giving sends a message to yourself that you know you have plenty to share.
What are your business goals and personal resolutions for 2016?