Planning for 2017 – Is your business ready?

Are you ready for 2017? Is your business plan prepared for the New Year? Have you thought of your 3-6-12 month goals to help keep your business growing or jumpstarting a business that may be floundering.

Here are some suggestions to help you gear up for when the calendar goes from 16 to 17!

  1. Think long and hard. Is your business working? Are you excited to be working as an entrepreneur? Do you believe you can maintain enthusiasm for another year? Do you need help to promote or grow your biz? Or, are you tired and just want to be “done”? There is no shame in doing what is best for you as long as you are true to your self when evaluating your business.
  2. What are your plans for the next year? A good business person has a one year (or more) plan in place.  Breaking it down to 3-6-12 months is often recommended. What do you need or want to do in the first quarter of 2017? The first half of the year? Do you need to expand your business? Do you need to have employees in stead of trying to “do it alone”? Do you need mentoring by say the Small Business Association (SBA)?
  3. What are your challenges? What is holding up progress? Is it time management? If so, use a good calendar or planner to help you stay on track.
  4. Do you need help? Many people can really focus on the nature of their business if they get some simple help, even virtually.  Consider doing that to free up time.
  5. Be creative. Many of us tend to get “stuck”. Order the same products.  Do the same approach to our work day.  Switch it up!

What do you expect in 2017? Let us know! The graphic below if for you to download and organize your year! Good luck!

2017-goals-setting

author: Louise Masin Sattler, owner of 411 voices media

 

How to build your home-based company

There are many great resources to build a home based company.  In fact, the reason so many of the women who participate in the Beach Cities Breakfast Club is to share information and  learn from the more successful and seasoned entrepreneurs.

Here are some helpful tips that have been shared during our meetings that we wish to pass on to readers of the BCBC blog:

1: Have a website. You can’t build a company in 2016 without a website presence. Even if you are involved in direct sales, such as AVON or TUPPERWARE, you need to be part of the company with your own online page.

2. Use local small business resources such as the SBA (Small Business Association.)

3. Consider going to business oriented meetings that are offered via Meet-up or EventBrite. Both are excellent places to learn about upcoming events that are geared to learning about starting, growing and maintaining a business.

4. Watch TEDtalks. There are some excellent TEDTalks videos via YouTube.   You will find a lot of inspiration and reasons to be motivated as an entrepreneur via these dynamic speakers, as well.

The 20 most watched TEDtalks

5. Read business oriented content. Huffington Post offers everything from small business and start up features. Sandy Abrams , author of YourIdea,inc. often interviews up and coming companies – her information is well worth a look!  Don’t dismiss other great print and online media available via Inc., Forbes and among others.book

6. Learn from trends in social media. Wade through all the family pictures and rhetoric people post and you WILL find some excellent content on social media that is business oriented.  Linkedin will give sage biz advice, while infographics that are very helpful can be found on Pinterest. And…Twitter chats can also be fabulous resources.  To find a list go here.

We hope these resources help and be sure to let us know if you have any questions!