Pre-Game: 5 Things to Do Before Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions


Despite people’s claims that New Year’s resolutions don’t work, we at 1-800Accountant are huge advocates of being goal-oriented and making lists. Hello, we’re accountants! Deadlines control our lives. Whether you had a good year or a bad year, we can all agree that 2016 was a wild ride that has left us all a little more motivated to have control over our lives. That includes the lives of our business ventures as well.

So before you make those New Year’s resolutions, clear your mind and de-clutter your environment. You’ve got work to do.

Make a month-by-month plan of action. It may seem over-zealous, but if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur who wants to quit your day job and take the plunge into small business ownership, you need to plan down to the last detail. Becoming a business owner is a huge undertaking, and there are seeds you can plant in the beginning of the year, so don’t be afraid to start now. If you’re already set on the idea for your business, perhaps the first investment toward your idea should be your business plan.

De-clutter your home office. Whether you’re already a small business owner or will be soon, you probably have or will have a desk in your home where you take care of official business. If you have old piles of mail, an assortment of pens that have long since dried up, or mismatching desk accessories that are distracting to the eye, now would be a good time to overhaul your work station. A little zen goes a long way in enhancing your productivity.

Create a vision board for your small business. Okay, we know this sounds cliché, but vision boards actually help you realize your… well, vision. Go with the flow and embrace it as an abstract process because they’re pretty easy to read once you’re done. For example, if you wish to become a restaurant owner, you might paste photos of interiors, lighting, silverware, and plates of food that appeal to you. It’s a fun way to observe your goals as if they’ve already been realized.

Take inventory of what you accomplished in 2016. It’s easy to get hung up on the New Year’s resolutions that you didn’t cross off your list. But chances are you accomplished more than you’re giving yourself credit for! Acknowledging what you’ve succeeded at will build your confidence and inspire you to be bolder in pursuing your next entrepreneurial move.

Evaluate your finances. Fire up your ClientBooks portal, cash in that piggybank, or simply start strategizing. It’s important to know where you stand financially going into a new year and – more importantly – an upcoming tax season. A better understanding of where you are will help you figure out how to get to where you want to be when it comes to your money.

Clear out the cobwebs that 2016 left behind, clean your slate, and put your best foot forward. For more information on how 1-800Accountant can help you have a prosperous and successful 2017, call 1-800-222-6868, click over to www.1-800Accountant, or follow us on Facebook.

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