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My last blog for the year was called Taking Stock where I encouraged you to review the previous year and plan for the coming year. If you didn’t see that because you were flat out with Christmas preparations then now might be a good time so click on this link if you missed it. Not only is Christmas a distant memory it’s also BAS ON….and so the year runs on again. Did you create any New Year’s Resolutions?

The word “resolution” means “making a firm decision to do or not do something”. I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions after I found that each “firm decision” I made buckled under the pressure of running a business and managing a family once the holidays were over. And I definitely don’t make “resolutions” about my business. I prefer the word “commitment” which means “an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action”. Before you set goals for the coming year there’s one thing you need be completely clear about. Your commitment to growing your bookkeeping business. Without that commitment and clear goals, you’ll buckle under the pressure put on you by clients who have their own goals and their own priorities.

So, if you haven’t done it already, why not start the year by setting aside a day to work ON your business instead of IN it and give yourself the best opportunity to achieve your own goals. What’s it going to take for you to do that? You may need to say no to clients and perhaps discuss your plans with your family and friends so that they will give you the support you need. If you don’t prioritise your own business, no one else will.