There is an old adage “Don't Ask, Don't Get”. If you want something to occur put some focus on it! For the life of me, I can never figure out why many business owners don't apply this to their business. The change of season from summer to fall and now to winter is upon us. Most of our business year 2016 is behind us. How was it? Did your business meet, disappoint, or exceed your expectations? Before the beginning of 2016, did you define what you expected? If not, what were you measuring your performance against? Now is a great time to plan for your best year ever!
It's time to stop, get quiet, and breathe. Sit down with your laptop with or a blank piece of paper and let your brain drain. Don't stop or edit your work. List 100 things you want in 2017. Some are business, some are personal, some have to do with money, some are things you want to buy. Some will be places you want to go, others will be relationships you want to have in your life. Don't edit, just type. If you can't get to 100 things, save the file, sleep on it, and re-open it tomorrow. When you're done, save it on your desktop. I can honestly guaranty that this exercise changes lives.
Now, where are you with your business planning for 2017? It's time to plan; to create your road map. Your budget is the tool to use, and we can help you build yours. If you know where you want to go (or need some help defining this) you can develop a comprehensive plan as to where you're going after you do a brief assessment of your starting point. What's working? What needs to change? How are we going to do this? How are we going to get there from here?
Don't try to do this yourself. You have your skills and talents. I'm going to bet that building a Business and Profit Plan isn't one of them. Use your vision and energy doing what you do well. I have a deal with my clients, I don't do facials, and they don't do budgets. This works out well for all concerned.
Fourth quarter is upon us. It's time to paint a picture and create the map for where you intend to be at the end of 2017. Call us. Let's plan to make 2017 your best year ever.