It’s always a good idea to take a step back and re-evaluate your business and it’s potential. Like all things in life there is some little or big ways to improve, cut back, and simplify. This is a just a quick article on some basics to get you started.
If you’ve been running your business for a while now, things probably don’t change much for you. It’s just a form of habit and of course if it’s not broke don’t fix it may apply. But like I said in the intro, there is always room for improvement. Maybe you even haven’t ended up where you meant to, and a good re-evaluation can help get you back on track. Pull out your original business plan and check how your long term goals have stacked up against your real world applications.
Ask for some Feedback
Asking people for feedback might seem like a weakness or a solicitation, but in most cases people are happy you asked for their opinion, and they probably know there is always room for improvement rather than you needing help. Employees, suppliers, family, freelancers, and customers, are a great place to start for this. Just don’t let the criticism negatively effect you. If they care at all about your business or you, they will dig in deep and try to find anything wrong they can to help.
Take some time to really look into the next twelve months. This is a good time to write down a new plan of action. Don’t be afraid to overshoot your goals. You never know! At the least, plan some special promotions around holidays that are ready to go when they come. I like to keep a labeled folder on my computer for promotions and have folders in there for each holiday with images, sometimes video, and promotional text.
Sure, some people will say finding a work-balance is almost impossible, or some might say madness! As we evolve in business and life more and more tools are available to help up simplify and keep stress levels down. This is very important so we can handle when real issues kick in. Committing to a set amount of time you are willing work each day can help a ton. I stick with 8 hours a day MAX unless I have a big project. What’s the point of being an entrepreneur if you are working all the time? Don’t get me wrong, I was doing 20 hour days when I started and it did pay off.
The biggest one for me is to have the constant people in my life understand that just because I’m not at the office, I might still be working. I’ll tell people ahead of time that it’s o.k. if they are here, but I’m working, and I’m focused on that. I’ve never had someone get offended after saying that. Bottom line; you need to set boundaries and make sure the people around you know them and respect them. No one else will.
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