I find it rather disconcerting that we are already so far into the year- it only seems like yesterday that I was writing my annual plan for Success Network!
Time flies! Most of us will have been pedaling away hard this year, brimming with enthusiasm, I hope. Knowing both how far you’ve come and where you are going is how you measure your progress – very important if you don’t want to leave your success to chance.
Now is a great time to think about the business!
Perhaps your annual plan needs to be updated, due to new developments or opportunities? Being open to these is key to securing future entrepreneurial success, whether you are a solopreneur or run a small growing enterprise. So is being flexible and proactive rather than reactive, if you want to drive your business forward.
So why not take a pen and a piece of paper and answer just a few simple questions:
- What are my key achievements so far this year?
- What is working well in the business? What do I need to do more of?
- What isn’t working so well? What do I need to let go of?
- What do I need to learn to do better (or differently) to achieve my goals?
- Are there any opportunities I would like to or need to explore?
- What are the obstacles that could prevent my progress?
Similar to a SWOT assessment, these questions help you to recognise your Strengths and Weaknesses, as well as identify any Opportunities and Threats to your business.
The answers will give you clarity, I promise, as well as new ideas to help you move your business forward. Then, coupled with a new action plan, you will be able to boost your business success and be in a much stronger position to reach the end of the year smiling!
About the author: Ute Wieczorek-King provides business support for passionate fempreneurs who want to take their micro-business from good to great. Get her daily business tips on Facebook or sign up to her newsletter to receive two free ebooks to help you grow your business and make it more profitable: http://www.successnetwork.org.uk