Business Owners: Start This Year Right – Now!

It’s January. You’re wondering where to start your to-do
list. Well January is for organizing and we have the
exact “To-Complete In January” list you’ll need.

1. Design a very short yearly theme.
I’ve been doing this for 5 years now and it works very well.
Read more about this concept I learned at Coach U in this

2. Create a yearly business vision.
Hey, if you don’t know where you’re going, you may end up in
a place you don’t want to be. Vision statements aren’t
written in stone, but they’re not to be taken lightly

3. Update your business and marketing plans.
To strongly reconnect with your business, help you get
motivated and going, going, going, create a One Page
Business Plan® – it’s a business plan and marketing plan
rolled into one document. Consider hiring a Business Coach
who is also a licensed One Page Business Plan Consultant®.

4. Conduct a review of your ROI.
It’s important that you know the return on your investment –
time and money – for the year. What did you gain in return
for your investment of time/money spent on your business?
You’ll need this for your marketing plan since you will want
to do more of what worked and less of what didn’t. Or you’ll
want to adjust what didn’t work and do it differently next

5. Remove at least 5 things you’re tolerating in your life
by Feb 1.
That might mean really removing them, or doing them, or
letting them go. Whichever it is, do it for you.

6. Start the year with a clean and organized office.
There is nothing better than walking into a room that
welcomes you each day. Use these articles to assist you.
Is it Time To Create A Terrific Home Office?;
How To Make Your (Home) Office Reflect You;
Minimizing Interruptions When You Work At Home

7. Clean out your computer’s files:
a) Create a folder for last year and place last years work
folders/files/work into this file. Back up those documents
on a CD.
b) Create a folder for this year. Then I create sub-folders
called: Publisher, Word, Excel, Access and a few others to
start with. If you end up needing a file from last year, use
it and then save it again as in this year’s folder to keep
everything current.
c) Open each of your programs, then go to Tools>Options>File
Locations and set the default location for documents to the
new files for this year.

8. Purchase a new year’s worth of anti-virus programs such
as McAfee and Norton.
Many companies selling office supplies run sales on them in
the beginning of the year.

9. Update your browser and Office programs.

Update Windows by going to and downloading all the
critical updates. Then check for Office Updates at
NOTE: If you use Windows 98, update to ME or XP. Why?
Microsoft will no longer issue any critical updates that
might be necessary for that program starting 1/1/04. This
will leave your computer vulnerable to numerous problems,
including hackers and worms.

10. Get up to date on all your tax records and visit your

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