Have you created a checklist to make your small business “year-end ready”?
Do not let another year end find you overwhelmed and unprepared for what the new y ear will bring. Especially if you hope to be ready for new opportunities!
Here are a few things you should be paying attention to now if you want to greet 2015 with a smile 🙂
Or, you can ignore the opportunity to take action now then be filled with regret when you realize you let it slip away………..again!!!!
- GOALS: Review the goals you set for 2014 and do an honest assessment, then identify the goals you have for 2015.
- TAXES: (if you live in the US here are some links to relevant Tax information ( for individuals, visit the IRS website for updated info; business owners, read Home BusinessTAX Deductions: Keep What You Earn or TAX Savvy for small business to help you get you affairs in order for tax time)
- ORGANIZATION: Have you been putting of “de-cluttering” your space? Now is a great time to take a break and revisit this important task, in preparation for have a “new beginning” in 2015. Visit Closet Entrepreneur for some great tips.
- PREFERRED READING: Subscriptions etc. (are any up for renewal at this time and if so have you budgeted for paid renewals of any that you intend to keep)
- ACCESS INFORMATION: Do you have all of your online access information in one place that is readily accessible?
- NETWORKING: All of us are inundated with social networking and for many, it is a great way to stay in contact with folks we would otherwise no longer be in touch with for one reason or another. Do you have a list of all of your social networks, online memberships etc. and do you have a plan for maximizing them in 2015? Take a look at my Social Media Consulting Services if you are looking for help with your social media marketing strategy.
- HEALTH: Do you have a “personal health” plan? I am not talking about health insurance. Instead, I am talking about your eating and sleeping habits etc. (I must confess this is a challenge in my own life and I am working on it…….)
- FUN: OK we all know the saying “all work and no play makes Jane a very dull girl!” If you are not already making time for some down/fun time, I urge you to include this as a goal for 2015 and, plan for it. I guarantee you that you will feel better, enjoy work more and wonder why you have not done this before!
Here is my list of favorite things to do for fun which I include in my schedule (daily, weekly or monthly):
- Take a swim before dinner
- Play a game (or several) on my iPad if my food consumption does not take my full lunch hour
- Instead of a “water-cooler” break, take a few minutes each day to check my bird feeder and walk around outdoors.
- Take my husband to lunch away from the house.
- Go to a movie alone
- Have a group date night.
- Check out YouTube for funny videos
- Watch a comedy show with my hubby.
Obviously this is by no means exhaustive but I believe it is a good place to start and wish you much success as you look to the future! You can download a copy of my “Year-End Checklist” to help you get started. (If you subscribe to my broadcast list a link to download this checklist along with a bonus list of free web tools iss included in today’s broadcast – 10/19/14)