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As the Year Winds Down: How to Do it Better Next Year!

Excerpted from a post by Kat Simpson

If entrepreneurs are honest with ourselves, we’ll admit there are always more opportunities than we have time for. The goal is to identify one or two that you will pursue next year.

Do any of these match up to your thoughts?

  • Be More Organized
  • Take more leaps of faith
  • Get out of my comfort zone
  • Make a plan and stick to it
  • Get more aware of my numbers
  • More FBA; Less eBay
  • Join the global shipping program
  • Join Amazon
  • Diversify
  • Organize
  • Find new Sources

Now the way to do this is NOT to look at the above list and say, “Yes, I’m going to do all of that!” NO! The way to do this is to look at YOUR business, YOUR goals and what your next year looks like. Are you moving in 2013? Are your children going off to college? Do you have small children?  What does your LIFE look like and what does your business need to look like to be successful for you?

Sit down with a year’s calendar and block off all the Holidays, trips and plans you already have. Look at the business conferences you’d like to attend and see what fits into your schedule and your goals. Now you have a better idea of what success looks like for you and what time you have to devote to it. Don’t frustrate yourself with Ten Big Goals that in your heart you know you don’t have the time and energy to pursue. Choose the one or two that will have the biggest impact on your bottom line; what success means to you.

Have you never really had a plan? Just put stuff up for sale and hoped for the best? Making a serious plan is the goal I would encourage all entrepreneurs to have, even ‘accidental entrepreneurs.’ After all, if you don’t have a plan, how will you know where you are headed?

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