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Successful entrepreneurs never stay still for long—they’re always thinking about what’s next, about the changes they can make, and the innovations they can launch to scale their businesses.
And while this can (and should) take place any time of year, why not take advantage of the new year to think about the changes you’re going to make in 2018 to take your business to new heights? Now’s a great time to make some resolutions and set goals for your small business.
Maybe you think that making new year’s resolutions is a waste of time—Matt Rissell, the CEO of time tracking app TSheets, would disagree.
Rissell, who recently sold his business to Intuit for $340 million, says making resolutions is key to entrepreneurial success.
Since age 22, Rissell has been following the same new year’s resolution ritual: He keeps his old resolutions in a file he looks at before he makes new ones (and he checks it quarterly throughout the year). “The file must be 2,000 lines long now,” he says, but “it’s good to reflect.”
Rissell breaks his 2018 resolutions into categories: physical goals, mental and emotional goals, professional goals, financial goals, spiritual goals, and relationship goals. At the top of this sheet, he sets out his seven top priorities.
“Setting goals centers you and helps you put things in perspective,” says Rissell. “Set your resolutions high, but achievable. Goals are meant to take you where you need to go, and making resolutions is a chance to concentrate your energies on what you want to achieve.”
Before you follow Rissell’s advice, you might find some inspiration in the new year’s resolutions from some entrepreneurs we talked to.
The owner of Teetot, which creates imaginative, durable, and well-priced dress-ups and costumes, resolves to:
The founder of Hitched Mag, an online publication that “entertains, educates, and inspires marriages,” resolves to:
The owner of Blaster Web Services, a full-service web development team specializing in web development, social media marketing, search engine optimization, and graphics, resolves to:
The hairstylist at Hair by Elian, resolves to:
The residential realtor at GregErnst.com, resolves to:
These founders of Darke Pines, a soon-to-open butcher shop in Jersey City, New Jersey, resolve to:
The CEO, of Small Business Edge, a company that helps small business owners and entrepreneurs run better businesses, resolves to:
The president and cofounder of Sunscape Eyewear, a manufacturer and distributor of fashion-forward sunglasses and other eyewear, resolves to:
The cofounder of Drag, an app that organizes Gmail into to-do and task lists, increasing productivity, resolves to:
What’s your new year’s resolution for your business in 2018?