Now that the year is half over…we business owners need to take a gander at where the previous six months went and what we are going to do for the next six months. 2013 will be here before you know it, so we want to encourage you to take these five steps in June to make the rest of year go smoothly.
1. Get your receipts ready for tax time.
I know it sounds a little crazy to those that hate to think about taxes, but if you start now you will be finished before the end of the year. To make this step easy I suggest that at least once a week for the next seven weeks you get out the receipts of each month. This way by the time August rolls around all your calculations will be completed leaving you only have August to deal with. Once you are in the habit of doing something it becomes second nature. So, if you start this week then you can begin keeping the August tally on a weekly basis and follow suit with the rest of the year. You can also see what you budget has been during the past six months and then you will see where you can trim the fat. Create a new budget for August-December and stick to it. You can use Mint.com, FreshBooks, Quickbooks, Expensify or any other money monitoring tool to help you analyze where your money has been spent and how you can reduce expenditures.
2. Schedule the rest of the year.
There are events that happen weekly, monthly, and annually. See what interests you and make time in your calendar to attend. Even if it doesn’t fit now, it may one day. So, if you put it in your calendar now it will be a reminder for you to attend at some point. For example, I want to attend a women’s business group that meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday. So far, I have not been able to attend one of their meetings, but I have them on the calendar and I know that before 2012 is out, I will make it to at least one meeting. You can use ScheduleOnce, Google Calendar, and Evernote just to name a few.
Your business is a valuable resource to someone else and so are you. So, make time this year to volunteer with organization(s) of your choosing and spread the word about your business. You can create a press release to let people know that you are participating. You can also call ahead to find out what services the organization may need that your company provides. Monetary donations to non-profits are always great, but actually being a part of an activity is even better. This will give you time to meet new people and expand on the great works your business does in the community. To find volunteer opportunities in your community visit Volunteer Match. If you want to keep up with your volunteer activities or those that volunteer with your company try this app from Reward Volunteers.
4. Give your business a makeover.
Check out your website, business cards, brochures, Facebook page, Logos, etc. and see if they need a face-lift. There is always something better that we can improve on with our businesses. You may want to do a survey to find out what your customers like and do not like about your business. Some Survey resources are Survey Monkey and check this article to find out great ways to create your survey questions. You can also hire an intern to help with some of the duties that you may have been leaving behind. Get a group together to brainstorm about resources and product development. Take additional classes to obtain new skills. Add more services and products to your offerings. All of these things can be achieved within the month if you take the time to ask for help and evaluate what will make your business better.
5. Plan your vacation.
Vacations are a necessity! This vacation can happen at any time during the next six months, but make sure you plan a vacation of at least three days for YOURSELF. Your vacation can be sitting at home reading a book, or traveling to an island get away, but make sure that you plan it now so that you can have some me time before the end of the year. You might want to reward yourself by making the vacation in January to celebrate the New Year. Either way, do something that is just for you so that you have time to recharge. There are plenty of things that you can do locally that you may overlook on a daily basis. Each state has tourist destinations that you have never been to. Try using Trip Advisor to get unbiased reviews from others and find your perfect destination.
Let me know if these things work for you. They are all achievable if you take the next couple of weeks to get your business in shape for the rest of 2012. Show Up & Show Out for your business!