I met Corinne of Home Biz Mom last year when we connected through our mutual passion for working from home. This post was originally posted on my old blog Work from Home Concepts but with it being the New Year, I thought it would fit perfectly.
I’m not going to keep you any longer. Take it away Corinne…
When you work from home, you don’t have a dragon-boss breathing fire down your neck to get your butt in gear.
Yes, it’s a good thing. But it also means that is especially important for you to create distinct goals for yourself and your business. Well-defined goals will help you know what you want, where you are going and how you are going to get there.
Start With What You Want
The best (and okay, most fun) way to get a good view of what you want is to create a vision board. It’s simply a board – poster, cork, pretty much anything you want – where you can collage images that remind you of what you envision for your future.
A vision board allows you to surround yourself with specific images or sayings that will remind you of what you want for your future. Are you hoping to increase your income this year so you can buy a new home? Add a photo of your dream home. Maybe you want to earn enough passive income so that you can finally take the dream vacation. Add a picture of your ideal getaway.
Move on To Business Goals
Now that you know what you want for your life and can see the overall picture, what will it take to get you there?
What is your income goal for the year? What else do you want for your business by the end of the year? Do you want more website traffic? More paying customers? More repeat customers? More credibility as an industry leader? Whatever it is you want, write it down.
Make the Goals Specific and Attainable
This here is an important step, so listen up.
You want to make your year goals specific and attainable. Maybe you wrote down you want to hit $50,000 by the end of the year. If that seems out of reach for you, how about breaking it down to about $1000 a week, or $200 a day? That number may seem more realistic and something you are willing to work toward.
If your goals aren’t monetary, what will it take to get you there? Better products? More networking?
Plan Your Marketing
Every business needs to advertise. As a home business owner, advertising means doing your own marketing and getting your name out there.
How will you market your business this year? Are you planning to take to social media more? Buy strategically placed ads? Hand out business cards in your neighborhood? Write down what you plan to do this year, and break it down by month. Write down an actionable idea for each month that you must do to get your business noticed.
For any business, having goals is important. They are exceptionally important for a home business. Start by envisioning what you want for your future and then decide exactly what you will do to get you there.
Over To You
Do you have you 2014 goals set in place or are you still working on them?
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Corinne Kerston is a freelance writer and online marketer, but her main duties are as wife and mother. She owns and operates CorinneKerston.com a blog dedicated to helping home business owners and work at home individuals succeed.