4 Ways to Grow Your Business in 2013
The New Year isn’t just a good time to make resolutions. It’s a great time to evaluate your home based business, too!
After all, the New Year is all about developing new thought processes, approaches, and projects that can increase your prosperity. Here are 4 ways to do that.
1. Evaluate Your Trajectory
Start by evaluating your current efforts. If you keep doing exactly what you’ve been doing, will you reach your long-term income goals? Or are you treading water without offering yourself any possibilities for long-term growth?
Are you getting the kind of time freedom that you wanted when you set out to start a home based business? Or have you simply built yourself a job that demands all of your attention without offering a single break? Most importantly, are you happy?
If you’re on track—great! Keep doing what you’re doing, but think about ways to do more of it, or to do it faster. If not, set some new plans into motion.
2. Set Some New Goals
Did you accomplish everything you set out to accomplish in 2012? Good for you! But now’s not the time to get complacent.
A business that isn’t constantly growing is usually dying. You can only grow by setting some new targets. Stretch your wings and try to do more than you’ve ever done before. Look for new skills that you can learn or new things that you can try to help you aim just a bit higher.
For example, if you’ve spent the past three years running a successful web design service, perhaps it’s finally time to branch out into a passive income stream to support that service. You might, for example, decide that this is the year you create, publish, and launch an e-book on Kindle, explaining the principles of good web design.
3. Clear Some Space
Once you decide on your newest project, you’re going to have to find some way to make time for it. If you don’t, it’s just going to languish and die.
This might mean you have to get tough. Drop your most unprofitable client. Kill some projects that just aren’t resonating with you anymore. Get up a little earlier to put 30 minutes back into your day, or go to bed just 30 minutes later so you can take massive action on the new things.
Often you just can’t add something new into your life until you’ve cleared out some of the old stuff. If you’ve decided to finally launch that e-book to compliment your service-based business, for example, then clearing some space is an excellent place to start.
4. Become More Organized
Organization has a lot to offer to your business, from increased tax savings to the ability to serve your clients and customers better than ever before. It’s hard to run a great business when you’re swamped by an aggressive pile of paperwork.
Purchasing a cheap file cabinet so you can finally keep track of your receipts or cleaning out the “My Documents” folder on your computer may seem like small things, but they will pay big dividends giving you a breath of mental fresh air. This is because you will be freeing up some mental energy that you might not have even realized you were using.
Once you’ve cleared up this energy, you’ll find that you’ve made space for a flow of new ideas and new enthusiasm. You might not have noticed the energy drain represented by all of this clutter, but it was still present, nonetheless. Once you reclaim the energy, you can redirect it back into your business, creating more success and more happiness.
What Do You Think?
Could you apply any of these tips to your business? Are there any you’re currently applying or have applied in the past? How have they impacted your business?
What are some ways you plan on growing your business in 2013? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.
About the Author:
Carmen Rane Hudson is a freelance writer and blogger. Read more of her advice at the Blue Jean Entrepreneurs blog.
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