The new year is coming. As I’m writing this, we have exactly 15 days left in this year. Personally, my new year (my birthday) is tomorrow. It’s my last day of my favorite age so far. I’m staring directly down the barrel of what I’m going to create for myself for the next year, both personally and in the bigger picture of the new year that we all celebrate together.
Which leads me to write this post, because as a creative entrepreneur, my business and my life mesh in a way that creates blurry lines. The things I do for myself personally also affect my business, and vice versa.
December is typically a busy time for everyone, but even more so for entrepreneurs who are looking to create even more in the coming year.
So, here are my 5 Best Ways to Get Your Biz Ready for the Next Year.
1 – Self-care
I’m sure you put you and your mental and physical health last. We are all guilty of this. Especially if you are an entrepreneur and a parent. You simply don’t have the bandwidth to always do the things that settle your spirit.
Stop doing that. Immediately. Taking care of yourself is paramount. In fact, if you don’t take care of yourself, you will find out exactly how hard it is to recover when your health takes a nose-dive.
I have not always been good at this – still sometimes am not. In fact, last week I spent the entire week battling a horrible cold/fever/lack of voice combo – and when you are trying to record podcast interviews, that super sucks.
I took it slow last week because of it. And I’m scheduling in down time from here on out, just to make sure that I don’t get that sick again.
2 – Set Business Goals
I’ve only recently begun to understand the real power of setting goals. I resisted it for many years because I truly felt that whatever God had planned for me was better than anything I could have planned for myself.
This is accurate. It really is. But there is a caveat in there. It took me several years of floating aimlessly, waiting for God to work his magic on me, to remember that God helps those who help themselves.
When I set the goal to pay off $64,000 in credit card debt, that was really the only thing on my mind. What happened as a result of that goal was something I never could have imagined.
After that, I had zero goals, except to make money, which is both vague and incredibly meh.
Then I met El Edwards, and all that changed. She explains what happens in your brain when you set goals in this interview I did with her earlier this year.
This chat made me realize that there nothing big was happening for me because I wasn’t giving God anything to work with. This applies to life + business. Also, if you are looking for a coach who can take you to the next level, El is very good.
3 – Evaluate Your Website (and if you don’t have one, get one.)
I cannot stress this enough. If you don’t have a website that helps people understand who you are and what you offer from the moment they land on your site – you need a new one.
People have crazy short attention spans, and you have to grab them instantly. If that isn’t happening for you – it’s time to reassess your strategy.
The ideal website is a combination of your personality, displayed via pictures + copy (that’s the words on your website), + your services + good user experience. If you don’t have all of those things, you will be leaving money on the table.
I just so happen to have a solution for this.
I am an intuitive web designer, and I take your essence and turn it into a website that attracts your ideal clients to you like MAGIC.
Seriously. You can check out my work and see for yourself.
If you book with me before January 1, 2020, you can get the rates that will be going away on that day.
New website: $2000
Depending on how prepared you are (with copy + pics), website will be done in 2 weeks or less.
4 – Get A Business Coach
The thing besides setting goals that changed my life was getting myself a biz coach. It made all the difference in the world.
And now I’m offering that service myself.
You can book me for one month, three months or six months. We will take a look at your current business and website. We will make the necessary changes to both to drive you forward and we will (together) work through any blocks that you may be having.
The funny thing about this entrepreneurial life is that you know exactly how to help other people with their businesses – but when it comes to your biz, you freeze. I get it. I’ve been there. I can help you work through that.
You will be more organized. You will get stuff done. You will be really, really proud of yourself.
5 – Surround Yourself with Smart People
That could be by joining a Mastermind (I am in two), getting a few accountability partners, joining a Facebook group that supports women in business (or whatever your niche is) or just being good friends with other entrepreneurs…and using their expertise.
My best example is Theresa Reed – The Tarot Lady. This woman puts out some of the best Tarot/Astrology related content you’ve ever seen. I partake in all of her offerings and have her books.
I am a Christian who believes that the stars/planets/universe have some deep magic that can help me make better biz + life decisions – and Theresa is my go-to gal on this stuff.
I’ll wrap this all up by saying that life is short, and you’ve got dreams to fulfill. Don’t wait til it’s too late and you don’t have the drive or the inspiration. The time is now. Seize it.