The ball has dropped. The confetti is cleaned up. It’s the beginning of a new year. Congratulations! Through the ups and the downs your business has survived to see another year. Now that the calendars are reset and the 2016 record books are closed, you have a whole new set of 365 days to improve upon your strategy as an entrepreneur.
As an entrepreneur, you’re constantly looking for ways to remain visible and profitable, often sacrificing your own health and time. Ammon Cunningham, a consulting specialist in entrepreneurial ventures, believes that your 2017 New Year’s resolutions should reflect your efforts in creating a good work-life balance. Here he outlines a few resolutions for every type of entrepreneur to consider in the New Year.
Resolution 1: Health Comes First
If you became an entrepreneur to make your own schedule and work when you want, then I’m sure by now you realize how wrong you were. As entrepreneurs, we have these demanding schedules that often find us at our computers more than enjoying all that life has to offer. Sometimes we also end up sacrificing our health at the expense of building our brand. That can’t happen. Trying to effectively run a business while you’re exhausted, burnt out, or in a hospital bed is nearly impossible. Make a promise to put your health first this year, physically and mentally.
Resolution 2: Build your Network
The landscape of business nowadays is all about who you know. From your rolodex of phone numbers to your number of followers on social media, your network is important to brand exposure and the vitality of your business. Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of building their brand right when they need it and not all along. Consider joining professional networks and associations and take advantage of local networking events within your industry. When you surround yourself with like-minded individuals, you will begin to learn helpful tips that you otherwise might have never found out. It’s worth it.
Resolution 3: Continue to Educate Yourself
One thing we often overlook is the need to continue educating ourselves. Pay attention to world news, entrepreneurial experts, industry blogs, and leading experts to keep up to date on what is going in your industry and the world around you. Furthermore, consider taking classes. There are plenty of inexpensive options at local colleges or online courses. It could never hurt to take advantage of one of these.
The New Year is a time to learn from past mistakes and work towards being better going forward. Use this New Year and these three resolutions to get your started on making 2017 your best entrepreneurial year yet.