5 Tips for Small Business Goal Setting in 2015

5 tips for small business goal setting in 2015

 

2015.. already?!

I know, it’s that time of year again… the time to reflect on the book of 2014 as the last chapter comes to a close.

I thought it would be fitting to share some of my goal setting tips with you, and I truly hope you find some inspiration! With the holiday season dancing around us, we’re all super busy, so thank you for taking the time to read this – I will keep it short and sweet. Promise!


Tip #1: Set a maximum of 3 goals

It is difficult to focus on achieving your goals if you have too many of them in various directions, so play it safe and strive for just three. You can do it!

Tip #2: Be Prepared

Once you set have your goals, create an action plan on how to get there. If it is a financial goal, chunk it out into monthly goals, or even weekly goals. If it’s attainable, you’ll get there sooner and feel a greater sense of accomplishment, likely to keep you going.

Tip #3: Seek Out Your Audience & Customers

It is so crucial to KNOW your audience, and deliver valuable content to them. What is your edge that keeps your audience wanting more? Know who they are and anticipate their needs. It’s as easy as reaching out to a customer on Twitter who is chatting about your niche (hint: check out this article on advanced twitter search!).

Tip #4: Consider Outsourcing

As your business ramps up, there will come a point where there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish your tasks. There is also probably someone who enjoys certain tasks more than you. To help your business grow and expand, consider outsourcing those tasks you struggle with in order to free up more of your time on other things. If it potentially yields revenue, outsourcing specific tasks will pay for itself!

Tip #5: Don’t Let a Stumble be Your Fall

It is obvious that not all of your goals will come to be as you imagined. If they do, way to go! But for the majority of us, this “failure” is inevitable. When your business growth stalls or things continue to go wrong, embrace the challenges and road blocks and don’t let them prevent you from pursuing your ultimate dream. “Fail often so you can succeed sooner,” – Tom Kelley.

Have some goals you want to share? Or maybe you need help with an action plan on how to get there? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

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10 thoughts on “5 Tips for Small Business Goal Setting in 2015”

  1. Great Post Holly.

    Love how you started off with saying set only a few goals maximum. Lack of focus definitely is the killer to many accomplishing goals and if you have to many you can’t focus.

    I’m also a huge believer in #5 (Don’t let a stumble be a fall). I agree there will be many setbacks/stumbles, but that it can’t mean the end. I choose to use the word “Setbacks” because I believe in many peoples mind the word “Failure” means complete/over/didn’t succeed. It’s never over until the entrepreneur either decides to stay down or has reached the destination. Wishing entrepreneurial successes in 2015 ~ Mike

    Great post ~ Mike

    1. Thanks, Mike! I love your use of setbacks- I agree whole-heartedly. There is no “fail” until you choose to give up. Wishing you a successful, positive, and productive 2015! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store.

  2. Sometimes people set goals and then think they are done! Goals don’t work out unless you have a plan to put them into place and you gave great guidelines. I think the outsourcing tip may save a few of us from wearing ourselves out as our businesses grow.

    1. Yes, Beth. I’ve chosen to outsource some of my content, and it allows me to focus on what I do best. I’m a firm believer in it!

      And you’re so right… gotta get from A to B somehow! It’s not just a direct path.

  3. Setting goals and creating a structured plan is not ‘natural’ for creatives. I wrote down your 5 points as I’m determined to get more concrete. I’ve actually started, done a financial look, created a post strategy and exploring new resources.

    1. Yay, Roslyn. Thanks for sharing. I know what you mean… my head runs a mile a minute. Though I love making lists, I have to work hard to hold myself accountable and stick to my plans. When I do, I get so much more done! Excited to help you in your new strategy… wishing you entrepreneurial success with your beautiful jewelry in 2015!

  4. I really love this. If we don’t have goals, we are just throwing stuff at a wall and hoping that it sticks. We need something tangible to really reach towards and build out a plan. I think that these are all great tips. Of course, I appreciate the outsourcing tip. Yes, it can be a little scary to lose control at first, but after you do, you don’t know how you ever lived without doing it!

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