At the end of every year, there is pressure to make New Year’s resolutions, and, more often than not, a few weeks later, they are lost in the shuffle and you are left feeling disappointed. A resolution is a firm decision to do or to not do something. And while they often start with strong intentions, the very vague nature of them tends to make them very difficult to maintain.
What if you took this year as an opportunity to change the narrative? Why not use this time to set goals you want to achieve this year and how you will get there? Setting goals instead of resolutions is a way more inspiring and actionable way to make changes in the new year.
Instead of Resolutions, Set Goals.
Goals provide you with direction to achieve desired outcomes. Creating goals involves intention setting, planning, preparing, and taking action. Lets break it down!
How do I know what goals to set for the New Year?
Determining where to begin can be the hardest step for setting your new goals. It is easier to break challenges into pillars or categories. It feels less overwhelming to place goals or improvements in a specific area.
Break your goals into three areas: Professional, Personal, and Financial.
These three pillars can lay the framework for an efficient goal-setting process and, in the long run, a happier you with a more straightforward path to success in your business. Make sure you don’t have a laundry list of goals under each; try to pick between 3-5 in each area.
We have this great printable tool to help you get started - but first let’s go over the key highlights to focus on when you are setting goals.
For your professional goal setting, focus on what you want to achieve with your business. It helps to ask yourself the following questions:
What is the client experience like on the shoot and beyond?
How do your clients receive their images?
What is your product offering to your clients?
Most importantly, are you surprising and delighting your clients at each of these touch points?
This should be one of the first things you evaluate as you move into 2023. Running a service-based small business will undoubtedly impact your personal life. If you don’t make a plan and set up goals, guidelines, and boundaries, this can leave you feeling stressed, overworked, and exhausted. Here are some areas to evaluate to make sure that your personal life doesn’t get overwhelmed while you are building your business:
What is my ideal schedule?
Do I have defined days off?
How do I commit to that?
Have I achieved that in the past? If not, what will I need to do to get there?
Money, money, money. Yes, it does seem that it makes the world go-‘round, to a certain extent. So, this should be a main priority if you haven’t figured out your pricing, mastered any financial goals, or have a financial system for your business. Here are some questions that can help you define a few goals for the financial side of your business:
Am I legally set up correctly?
Pro Tip: find a CPA - they can guide you through a lot of the financial and legal details!
Are my personal and business financials separated?
Calculate your hourly rate - do your prices need to increase?
Are you spending deposits before the shoots happen?
Do you have enough of an income balance built up in your account not to have to do that?
Do you have an emergency fund for unexpected expenses or slow times?
How can I make more money?
If your business is seasonal, can you add in another offering that isn’t seasonal?
Can you increase your products offered?
Can you add an associate to increase revenue? This can be extremely useful when you find that demand for your business is more than just what you can handle on your own.
Asking yourself these questions will help ensure that you have a good sense of what improvements need to be made in your business and what goals to set. Pick 3-5 goals in each area that will make the most impact on your business in 2023. Write down how you will achieve these. Set yourself deadlines to attain them. Remember, the goals you set don’t all have to be accomplished at the same time, that’s just not realistic. Just aim to wrap up 2023 knowing you did your best to set yourself up with success.
New Year, New You.
New Year, New Goals.
New Year. New Growth.
You know your business the best and are also likely to be well aware of specific areas that need improvement. Going through this goal-setting evaluation process will help you create a plan of action that will enable you to run your business more effectively so that you can find success- in whichever way you define it- doing something you love.
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