[131] #LookBackMoveForward: A Yearly Review Process

 

Welcome to a new year of the Create & Thrive Podcast!

 

In this episode, I outline a series of 10 questions that will help you review your last year in business.

 

I’m also running a mini-course to take you through these questions – head on over here to sign up for that (it’s free!) if you’re not already on the regular Create & Thrive email list. (If you get my emails about the podcast, you are on the list).

I’ll be sharing each lesson in the Thriver Circle FB group so we can discuss it, and I’ll also be running a FB live each day of the course on the public Create & Thrive FB page.

 

Further – in this episode I explain some changes that are happening with the podcast in 2018.

I will outline them in a blog post soon, but the most important change you need to know about is that I am moving from weekly to twice-monthly free main episodes.

There will also be a third members-only episode each month, which will only be available to members of my community for makers, the Thriver Circle. Members of the Circle also get all the main episodes a week early, AND promo-free.

There may also be some mini-eps each month! I’ll be doing some Q&A videos, which will be published to Youtube and Facebook, and I plan on publishing the audio of these to the podcast too. They’ll be pretty short, about 5 minutes max.

So! If you want to make sure you don’t miss an episode, head on over and sign up to become a member of the Thriver Circle.

Oh, and there’s also new podcast artwork, so don’t get thrown when the picture changes! 😀

 

 

 

 

Highlights and quotes from this episode:

  • Your end of year review does not have to be an overly onerous task – grab a notebook and pen and tackle the prompts in small chunks.
  • Begin your annual review with these reflection questions:
  • The Big Three of Success and Failure
  • Ensure you analyse both the wins and losses from this year – don’t just focus on the negative.
  • The analysis of these moments is as important as the actual wins and losses.
    1. What were my three biggest successes this year and what did I learn from them?
    2. What were my three biggest mistakes this year and what did I learn from them?
  • Risk and Hindsight
  • If you are going to grow a successful business you need to get comfortable with feeling the fear and doing it anyway
  • If you can’t bring ourselves to take risks you will often stall and stagnate.
    1. What risks have I been avoiding and why?
    2. What would I do differently if I had the year over again?
  • Money
  • Keep track of your income and expenses and review these regularly.
  • If you are avoiding looking at the money because you know it is not doing well – that is the time to look at it.
    1. What was my business revenue and what were my expenses for the year? How does this compare with my expectations and goals for the year?
    2. Am I spending more money than I should be and/or am I spending it in the wrong places?
  • Vision and Time Management
  • We all have a vision on where we want our business
  • Time is our most valuable business resource – you can always make more money but you can never make more time.
    1. How does my vision of where my business would be by now compare to where it actually is? Keeping in mind my previous answers in this course, why do I think that is?
    2. How was my time management? Did I choose and stick to strategies and systems that work for me?
  • Sales and Marketing
  • This process helps you see where you are and the potential on where you could be.
    1. How did my sales this year compare to previous year? Furthermore, how did my sales this year compare to my expectations?
    2. Where did I focus my marketing strategies? Were my chosen marketing strategies effective or should I change my strategy for the coming year.

 

Don’t miss the FREE #LookBackMoveForward mini-course!

Sign up here.

 

Podcast Summer Series ’17 – Handmade Biz is Hard Work

Welcome to the Create & Thrive Podcast: Summer Series ’17

During the Summer Series I’ll be re-playing the best episodes from 2017.

The show will be back in the first week of January 2018 with all-new episodes.

 

See the original episode and shownotes for this episode here.

Download or listen to this episode.

You can also subscribe to the podcast and listen to this episode on iTunes + Stitcher)

 


 

Want to kick off 2018 with a rock-solid plan for your handmade biz?

 

Join me in January for Handmade Biz Bootcamp – a 3-week course that will help you:

  • get clear on what your business is going to look like in 2018.
  • do your goal setting and time management plans for the year ahead.
  • create a marketing plan for 2018.

Available exclusively to members of the Thriver Circle – membership is open right now!

Find out more right here.

#LookBackMoveForward – a FREE mini-course to help you review your year

Before you move forward, it’s crucial to take a look back.

 

After all – how can you make sure you’re still going where you want to go if you don’t know where you’ve been?

Welcome to #LookBackMoveForward – A FREE mini-course!

Taking the time at the turn of a brand-new year to look back over the year just gone, we can find amazing clarity that will illuminate the path to start our journey into the new year with strength and confidence.

Over 5 days starting Jan 1st, I’m going to guide you through a series of 10 questions that will help you to get a crystal clear picture of what worked – and what didn’t! – in 2017.

 

Here’s what the course has in store:

 

1. On NYE, I’ll be publishing a podcast that covers the whole review process, and outlines the 10 questions I’m going to get you to ask yourself to undertake your yearly review for #LookBackMoveForward.

 

2. Then, each day, for the first 5 days of 2018, I’ll send you an email with 2 of the questions to workshop. By breaking the review down into bite-sized chunks – and prompting you each day – you’ll find it a breeze to get your review done. The last thing I want you to do is listen to the podcast, think ‘oh, that sounds great, I’ll get around to it’… and then never actually DO it.

 

3. Each day of the course, I’m also going to be live on FB to talk through the questions of the day, and I’d love for you to come along and share your answers with us! You can also take the opportunity to chat with me and ask me biz questions. The times will vary so I can help people in different timezones… just make sure to like the C&T FB page and turn on notifications!

 

If you’re joining me and the rest of the Thriver Circle on Jan 8 for the Handmade Biz Bootcamp, this #LookBackMoveForward will be the perfect way to set yourself up to hit the ground running when that course starts.

 

When you finish this mini-course, you’ll know what went well in 2017, and what didn’t.

You’ll have a clearer idea of your financial position and goals.

You’ll know what you’ve been avoiding, and what risks you need to take to launch your business forward in 2018.

This free mini-course is going out to all of my email subscribers, so if you’re not already on the list, just enter your email below to join us for the course.

Look out for the first email on NYE sharing the podcast, then for each of the 5 lesson emails each day after that!

Here’s to an awesome start to 2018!

~ Jess

P.S. If you want to join us, make sure to subscribe to the emails, and like the C&T FB page!

 

Listen to the mini-pod about this project:

Podcast Summer Series ’17 – Staying open to possibilities with Lisa Congdon

Welcome to the Create & Thrive Podcast: Summer Series ’17

During the Summer Series I’ll be re-playing the best episodes from 2017.

The show will be back in the first week of January 2018 with all-new episodes.

 

See the original episode and shownotes for this episode here.

Download or listen to this episode.

You can also subscribe to the podcast and listen to this episode on iTunes + Stitcher)

 


 

Want to kick off 2018 with a rock-solid plan for your handmade biz?

 

Join me in January for Handmade Biz Bootcamp – a 3-week course that will help you:

  • get clear on what your business is going to look like in 2018.
  • do your goal setting and time management plans for the year ahead.
  • create a marketing plan for 2018.

Available exclusively to members of the Thriver Circle – membership is open right now!

Find out more right here.

Podcast Summer Series ’17 – 7 Tips for Work-at-Home Creatives

 

Welcome to the Create & Thrive Podcast: Summer Series ’17

During the Summer Series I’ll be re-playing the best episodes from 2017.

The show will be back in the first week of January 2018 with all-new episodes.

 

See the original episode and shownotes for this episode here.

Download or listen to this episode.

You can also subscribe to the podcast and listen to this episode on iTunes + Stitcher)

 


 

Want to kick off 2018 with a rock-solid plan for your handmade biz?

 

Join me in January for Handmade Biz Bootcamp – a 3-week course that will help you:

  • get clear on what your business is going to look like in 2018.
  • do your goal setting and time management plans for the year ahead.
  • create a marketing plan for 2018.

Available exclusively to members of the Thriver Circle – membership is open right now!

Find out more right here.

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