Each year around this time, the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I begin to feel a twitch.
I know the meaning of this twitch, finally – change is in the air.
There is something about cooler weather, hot chocolate, the lights of the holiday, and the excitement in the air that brings about a feeling of change.
I have found over the years in business ownership that the new year can bring about wonderful changes to a company, even if you feel like your company is wonderful to start with. Now is a great time to look back over the past year, find your mistakes and/or the things you would like to strengthen, and create a plan for doing so.
If you are thinking about starting a company, now is the time to map it all out.
Here are steps to creating change within an existing company, or steps to begin the process of opening the doors on a new company. These will get you ready to roll in 2010 – a whole new decade – in style!
- Formulate a plan.You don’t have to get technical with this part of the process. Just make a plan! In your head, on scrap paper, in a Word document. If you are starting a new business, consider what it is you want to sell and how you will go about doing it. If you are reorganizing an old business, think about what it is you want to change.
I want to restructure the web design packages I offer. I want to make these more clear, give a set price to start off on, and redo my site to reflect these changes.
- Map it out on paper. Write it down, draw a picture, bullet point it! Once it is written down you can more easily work toward what it is you want to do.
For me, I spent about a day listing what it is I wanted to do to make these changes, which includes designing a new website, and then I drew plans for my new site so I knew exactly how I wanted it all laid out. Now I have a visual ‘map’ to work from.
- Timeline it. What is your period of time? How long will this take? What is it you need to do first, second, third, and lastly? Make sure you have all steps timelined out so you have a clear definitive path from start to completion.Have a start and end time so you can keep yourself on track. Even if these are unrealistic once you get started, you will have something to go by – and you can always make adjustments.
I sat down and listed what it is I would have to do first, second, third and fourth. First was to rough draft my website. Second was to photoshop my website so I had it lined up and ready to code. I did the first on paper; the second I did in photoshop. Now that I have my timeline created I am working step by step. Step one, check! On to step two. My end goal time is by the new year.