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How to Plan Ahead for your Business in 2018

Although it hardly seems believable, 2018 will be here before we know it. After all of the holiday decorations are put up and the ball has dropped to introduce us to another year, another work year will begin.

The big question for any new year that arrives is: will you be ready? If your answer right now is leaning toward no, then read on for a few tips on how to plan ahead for your business in 2018.

Have a List of Goals

Before 2018 arrives, you’re going to need to have a good idea of what you’d like to accomplish in the year ahead. What are some things you didn’t get a chance to get to this year? What are some things you’ve always wanted to accomplish but didn’t think you had the time or the capacity?

Write down a list of goals for 2018, and write them all down no matter how lofty or far-fetched they may seem. Having a list of goals will help you visualize the year ahead and determine where you want to go in the next year.

Strategize with Your Team

Two heads are better than one and 10 heads are better than two. Strategize with your team to see if they have any ideas that would work for the upcoming year. You might find that you have a lot of goals and vision in common (which is great because that means you’re on the same page), but you also might find that they’ll have different ideas that you may not have thought about before.

Be sure to carefully consider all ideas and don’t just immediately reject anything so that you don’t squelch anyone’s creativity during your brainstorming session.

Figure Out When You’ll Implement Changes to Meet Goals

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of goals and separated them out by goals that you’ll actually try to achieve during the upcoming year and the ones you’ll table for future years, you’ll need to figure out when you’ll actually achieve them.

Whether you’re planning on a monthly or quarterly basis, schedule out when you would like to get the goals accomplished so that you have an actual date to keep in mind when you’re pursuing them. If you have status report meetings you can discuss where you’re at when trying to meet the goals and keep the dates as a benchmark.

Figure Out What Kind of Help You’ll Need to Get There

Whether your goals are to increase your social media presence or to develop your website, you might need a little extra help getting there. Hiring a virtual assistant is a good way to increase the strength of your team but without having to do an extensive candidate search.

Need more information about hiring a virtual assistant? Call us at 877-554-0333 for more information about pricing, services, and how a virtual assistant can help your company specifically.

photo credit: marcoverch

 

Posted on December 22nd, 2017 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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