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[86] Planning for the Year Ahead

Happy New Year!

I thought it would be useful for you if we kicked off the New Year with a podcast on long-range planning. In this episode, I share my own processes, and give you some tips for things you need to think about now, to ensure your year flows smoothly, and you don’t miss out on important opportunities for your biz.

I’ve seen it happen time and again – if you don’t take the time to step back and do some planning things can easily creep up on you and it’s too late! Then, you either give up completely on an opportunity, or you do a half-baked job. It’s stressful, and it’s and unnecessary stress if you simply take the time now to get yourself organised.

I encourage you to put a plan in place now so that you can take charge of the year ahead, and head into 2017 with a clear idea of important dates, deadlines, and goals!

Also, if you want some extra encouragement, guidance, and support, you’ll be happy to hear that Thriver Circle membership is opening up next week for the first time in 2017!

 Membership opens at 11am, AEST, on Tuesday the 10th of January.

 

 

Quotes and highlights from this Episode:

  • Step 1: Get yourself a wall calendar.
  • It allows you to look at the whole year in a glance.
  • You can use colour coding to mark important dates or tasks.
  • Step 2: Get a diary or a phone calendar.
  • This is something for your day to day scheduling.
  • Seasonality, marketing, launches, holidays, events and time off are examples of important dates to keep on top of.
  • Step 3: Marketing
  • Are you trying new marketing ideas or sticking with what you have already been using?
  • ‘Whatever it might be think about it ahead of time’ {Jess}
  • Step 4: Goal setting
  • It is important to have goals that are realistic and achievable.
  • Step 5: Financial goal setting
  • You need to be thinking about realistic goals you can be making this year.
  • There are many ways to make this goals such as an annual goal of profit or sales and also weekly or daily numbers.
  • It needs to be easily tracked so you can keep an eye on it over time.
  • P.S. Just a reminder – Thriver Circle membership opens next week! Start the year off with the Your Year to Thrive Program, as well as a ton of workshops instantly available… and the support of hundreds of makers committed to creating thriving businesses!

 

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Jess

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Jess Van Den is the editor of Create & Thrive, and has been a full-time creative entrepreneur since 2010. She makes eco-conscious, contemporary, handmade sterling silver jewellery under the Epheriell label, and blogs about her jewellery and other beautiful things at Epheriell.com. You can catch her on twitter @JessVanDen.

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