In this episode, Jeff and Kristin discuss the new year and new beginnings: focusing on what worked last year, areas of improvement, and thankfulness.
Take a look at the following things as you start 2016:
Write down your 2016 beginning odometer reading. MileIQ is currently offering 20% off their normal annual rate with promo code SMALLBIZLIFE20.
In this episode, we discuss the why and how of goal setting, but it may not mean what you think it means.
When setting goals, use why to get to the heart of your biggest goals. When you set a goal, keep asking yourself "why?" until you reach the highest SMART goal you can think of.
Once you have that big goal, ask "how?" to come up with three to four goals that will help you achieve your big goals.
Remember that 80% of all small businesses do not create goals and 85% of all small businesses fail within the first five years. Creating goals can help you grow and thrive.
In this episode, Jeff and Kristin discuss creating SMART goals using your SWOT analysis to improve your chances of success.
We go into detail in this episode discussing each of these items to make sure you are creating goals that matter. We also discuss ways our goal setting strategy has changed over the years and pitfalls to avoid.
Set a reoccurring annual event in your calendar to write down your January 1 odometer reading. Use the description or notes field in the calendar item to record your odometer reading so you don't lose it.
Lots of small business owners are in goal setting mode for 2016, but we believe you should do a SWOT analysis before setting your goals in order to create goals that will really propel your business.
Before creating your goals, do a SWOT analysis to analyze your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
Set a reoccurring event in your calendar or your task management system to remind you to update your plugins on a regular basis.
LastPass Password Vault. Use this link to get a free 14 day trial of LastPass
Scott Cuzzo's coloring books. I especially love the Color Me Hopeful book.
Edgar social media scheduling
Buffer social media scheduling
Nozbe task management
In this episode, Jeff and Kristin discuss various ways that you might be treating your small business like a hobby and what you can do to get out of that rut.
If you are struggling with growing your business, it may be because you are allowing too much flexibility in your life and your business. Do you really have a hobby when you think you have a business?
Toggl time tracking app
Beware of phishing scams on the phone, in your email, and in text messages. Jeff and Kristin give you tips to avoid getting scammed.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (Best book Kristin read in 2015)
Nozbe task manager
In this episode, Jeff and Kristin discuss why you might not be connecting with your customers: you aren't speaking their language.
If you are having trouble connecting with your customers, they may not understand the language you are speaking. Are you using industry terminology that your customers are not familiar with?
Jeff shares another tip to reduce your chances of infecting your computer with malware that encourages...
In this episode, Jeff and Kristin discuss 5 tips for better cash management in your business and your personal life.
Lack of cash management is one of the reasons that 85% of all small businesses fail in their first 5 years. Staying on top of your cash position will allow you to make better decisions and grow your business. Our 5 tips for better cash management:
Jeff shares another tip to reduce your chances of infecting your computer with malware that is socially engineered to trick you to click it. Northeastern University – How to avoid malware
Cloud Based Accounting...
This week, we discuss how to use surveys to grow your business and better serve your customers. We also discuss tools you can use to create free surveys and how to promote them.
Surveys are a great way to grow your business. It allows you to ask potential customers about ideas you have and get them excited about new products and services. It allows you to engage customers and make them feel invested in your brand. Getting feedback before launching a product or service allows you to avoid mistakes before they happen.
Keep your devices updated to avoid viruses and malware! Northeastern University - How to avoid malware
AWeber email marketing
In this week's episode we discuss how to survive the holidays with your sanity intact. We give you 10 tips to thrive during the holidays. Some of the tips are business related and some are personal but all are really useful. We had a lot of fun recording this episode and we hope you enjoy listening to it. Just remember that the most important part of the holidays is to enjoy your time with family and friends.
We get really excited to create goals. We get them written down and pat ourselves on the back. A few months later, we forget about those goals because we never develop a plan to achieve your goals. In this episode we discuss what to do after you create goals and how to develop a plan to achieve your goals.
In episode 7, Jeff and Kristin discussed setting goals. In this episode, they discuss how to achieve your goals. Do you have a plan to hit those revenue goals? Are you tracking the right goals?
Janeen left a tip in the Facebook group this week that Kristin wanted to share with everyone.
Kristin and Jeff discuss making dinner easier. For some quick recipe ideas, check out Meals Outside The Box