Unless you’re a big believer in Mayan predictions, 2013 is just around the corner! I know we’re all crazy busy with the holidays coming up, but you’ll be grateful for taking a quick moment to make some plans ahead of time.
So in-between wrapping presents, shipping out orders, and frosting your latest batch of sugar cookies, let’s take a moment to consider…
What worked the best in 2012?
Which craft shows offered the best results, which months were the busiest, which promotions were the most effective? How about which items sold the best, and which ones didn’t? What monetary investments proved to be the most worthy? Which time investments offered the biggest bang for their effort?
What lessons did you learn from 2012?
Did you not charge enough to make a decent enough profit? Did you goof on some packing and end up shipping broken items? Did you spend too much money on supplies that you probably won’t ever use all of? There is a lesson to be learned from every mistake, so what has 2012 taught you?
Are you ready for tax-time?
January is tax-time for most small businesses in the U.S. To save yourself the panicked scramble of trying to gather all of your documentation and numbers, perhaps a little pre-planning and accounting on your part in December can save you some grief.
What are your goals for 2013?
Keeping in mind the benefits of choosing measurable goals, what are some of the things you would like to accomplish in the new year? What steps can you start during the beginning slow months to help kick them off? A little consideration now, could make a big difference later.