How to make Healthy Business Goals

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How to make Healthy Business Goals

We all want to succeed, and we all want to succeed as fast as possible. In this article I will be looking at a few things you need to keep in mind to set healthy goals for your own business. This is to avoid burnout, bankruptcy and getting things done. One of the secrets to […]

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We all want to succeed, and we all want to succeed as fast as possible. In this article I will be looking at a few things you need to keep in mind to set healthy goals for your own business. This is to avoid burnout, bankruptcy and getting things done. One of the secrets to succeeding as a Freelancer/small business owner is to set the right goals to focus on. I believe most of these tips will be useful for almost anyone wanting to succeed with a smaller business. I define healthy business goals as goals you are likely to meet if you work concentrated and focused. This is the opposite of those who set a lot of very high aiming goals and never reach them all. I would advice to set healthy goals that can be reached and take everything that’s additional as a positive bonus.

Before setting your goals

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– define what is your niche and try to stay within it as well as possible.
– set up a list of your resources so that you know what you have to work with (time, money and skills).
– be honest with yourself on which things you excel at and what you should leave to others.
– try to figure out how many full work days you in average will have during a year and use this later on in the process.

Dividing your goals

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You should divide your goals into long-term first and then break these up into shorter term goals. This way it is easier to see the big picture using your weekly results.

Start with the bigger picture and set yourself goals for the year to come. Its always a good idea to have as many measurable goals as possible. This way you can always compare along the way to see how you’ve progressed so far and adjust it to meet the yearly goals.

If you have a desired yearly income you should divide this into monthly, weekly and daily income. This way you will be able to measure every single day and make adjustments before its too late to do anything about it.

Leaving room for adjustments

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One of the things I define as a key in setting healthy business-goals is to put in some extra time weekly where you can analyze your work-progress so far and also have room for working extra in case it´s needed. I always expand my deadlines with about 10% extra time compared to what I really think that I need. This way I always have some backup-time for adjustments and final changes clients sometimes want.

Making timetables

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Now that you know which resources that are available and so on, its time to set up a template for your timetables.

This will be one of your most important tools in reaching the goals you’ve set. One of your smaller goals should be to update your timetables and keep track of your progress on a daily basis. Getting a time management application can be a very helpful tool.

Error isn’t necessarily failure

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We all make errors. You have to try turn these into something positive. Evaluate yourself when something has gone the wrong way and use these valuable tips in your way forward.

Remember YOU-time

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You must always leave room for your own time. As much as you want to be successful real quick, there’s no way around the fact that you need time to recharge your own batteries. Setting healthy goals means being able to know when you need some time off.

Keeping it realistic

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If you’ve just started up as a freelancer you cant possibly know how many clients you will have a month or two from now. You still should set long-term goals though. This can be done by setting goals for how much money and time to spend on advertising, how much time to work in general and so on. And if you have a week with no clients you can spend these hours working for yourself instead. Do whatever you can to make yourself look more professional. Work on your website, portfolio, business-cards or maybe equipment maintenance. Network and socialize as much as possible in this valuable time.

Don’t confuse dreams with realistic goals

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If you want to be the most successful web-designer in your area or the best writer, these aren’t goals, they’re dreams or visions. These things must not be mixed up, its important to understand and remember that dreams and goals are different things. Dreams are goals that often are unreachable within reasonable time while goals are the milestones you set that you have to believe 100% that you can reach. Keeping your dreams is important, just make sure you know which is what.

Learning from others

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Be humble and read up on tips from others (articles like this one). Try to soak up as much knowledge and possible and learn from other peoples experience and mistakes as well. This can save you from setting unrealistic and unhealthy goals.

Conclusion

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Many a possible failure can be prevented by listening to good advice, planning and taking the time to think through things before you start. Remember to try to be realistic and only set goals you really think you are able to achieve. Evaluate the whole process and use your own experiences trying to get better and better at what you do. One of the worst and most demoralizing mistakes you can do is setting goals that are too hard to achieve, leaving you with a feeling of failure and exhaustion.

Those were my few cents on how to set healthy business-goals. I hope these tips can help you the way they’ve helped me and I wish you the best of luck in trying to create a successful business!

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