Do you have a business plan for 2015? 5 tips for achieving your business goals

Happy New Year to all of the readers of this blog. When I started writing it approximately 15 months ago, I had no idea how popular it would become. With regular readers from 101 countries I am honoured that you all find my posts helpful!

Now that the new year is here, I wanted to ask whether you all have business plans (formal written ones or just ideas) for 2015?

I think January is a good time to reflect on what we all want from our businesses and which strategies and projects we plan to pursue over the course of the year.

However, I also know from past experience that this can be a very overwhelming task and in order to acheive anything and to take a proactive approach organisation is key and a step-by-step approach absolutely essential. This is why today I have decided to share with you 5 of the best tips for achieving your business goals in 2015.

5 tips for achieving your business goals in 2015

1. Get all of your ideas, wishes and wants for your business down on paper – Once they are out of your head you will not have to spend time and energy trying to remember them all and once they are down on paper you can give them some structure.

2. Make a mind map – Decide on the most important thing you want to achieve with your business this year and put this in the centre. From your list of ideas, wishes and wants in no. 1 above, try to group things together into different areas and sub-areas. This will give structure to your ideas and help you to work out which things complement one another and how many different areas you need to find time to work on in order to achieve your goals.

3. Be clear about your goals – Make them SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based.

4. Set aside time every week to work towards your goals and make a step-by-step plan – If you do all of the above but then put the sheets of paper away for six months, you are unlikely to have achieved anything you set out to achieve.

5. You will naturally be confronted with many different opportunities during the course of this year. These will include work assignments and other professional opportunities. Each time you are confronted with such an assignment or opportunity ask yourself this question: Is this opportunity in line with my goals? If it is, then great, go for it. If not, seriously consider whether you want to accept the translation assignment in question, work with a particular new client or take on this new opportunity. For example, if you have decided you want to work with more direct clients but fill all of your time with projects for new agencies which approach you, you will not get where you want to go.

Only by being acutely aware of your goals and exercising choice can you run a proactive rather than reactive business” Karen Rückert

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