You’ve Written Down Your Business Goals for Next Year, Right?
You should have already written down your business goals and now are working on implementing your business plans. This week I’m giving you 5 tips to help you implement them so that you can reach those goals in the New Year!
Implementing Tools to Reach your Goals
A lot of times people sit down, write those goals and then they don’t have individual strategies, things they’re going to do to accomplish them. In today’s culture, there are always online tools to help you work more efficiently.
My Top 5
1 – Professionalism
Professionalism can cover so many different areas, but I want to focus on your brand, which includes your email address. You should have your website (right!!). If not, you can grab one on NameSilo for just $8.99 per year.
Your email address that you give out on your website, business cards and any other promotional material should not be your ISP like Bellsouth, Gmail, Yahoo, etc., but should incorporate a professional domain. Whether it’s your business name or your own name.
This lets people know that you are in it for the long haul and mean business!
2 – Logo or Website
You should be branding your images and created content. Make sure that you don’t put it on anyone else’s content! You’ll want to add either your logo or website to your images. You can do that easily in Canva.
This way content that you’ve spent time and/or money on cannot be easily used by someone else.
Here’s one of my social media images that I made sure to put my logo on.
3 – Systems
You can often get bogged down in the daily work of your business, but taking time to step back and write down the order and details of specific tasks can save lots of time in the long run.
I like using a tool called Trello. You can create boards for tasks or clients and write your lists of things that need to be done and check them off. If you have employees or team members working on them, you can assign items to them.
Trello is great to help keep your systems organized.
4 – Automation
I’ve discussed automation before, but the one thing you need to remember is to automate what you can, but definitely don’t automate what you shouldn’t! There are certain things that really shouldn’t be automated.
For my social media, I like to use a tool called Post Planner. It is used for Facebook and Twitter and allows you to post evergreen content which can be shared any time of year can be set up to repeat on the schedule you select indefinitely!
You can start for just for just $3 a month. Yes, $3 a month. When I create evergreen content on my blogs, I like to go ahead and set them up in Post Planner to repeat. Remember that on social media your fans never see every post that is sent out
5 – Pricing Strategy
This is where a lot of small businesses and entrepreneurs run into trouble. I know, I’ve had difficulty at times figuring out what to charge.
I like to use a tool called Toggl. It’s basically a time tracker that you can set up for your different clients and different tasks.
This is useful because you can see how long a task takes you to complete and also if one client is really easy and not time-consuming, but another takes up more time than others. You can see how this can be useful for your pricing strategy.
When I first started using Toggl, I thought it would be inconvenient to remember to use. However, after I started using it I find that it is easy to use and even has a reminder that pops up when you don’t turn it on.
There’s also a mobile app for Toggl so if you’re out and doing work on the go, you can add that time as well.
I hope you found my 5 Tips to help you implement your business goals and strategies for 2018. Let me know if you have any other tools you find particularly useful.
I hope you have a wonderful and prosperous New Year!
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