19 Business Goals Before 2019
Well...we've arrived at the end of the year and, like most people, I'm reflecting on 2017 and planning for 2018. I've gotta say that both personally and professionally, I've had a pretty amazing year! I married the love of my life, Scott, grew my business to the point where I was able to leave my full-time job, and made some fantastic new friendships and collaborations.
I'm still working out my game plan for 2018 but I feel VERY excited and ready for, what I'm sure will be an awesome roller coaster!
As some of you may, or may not know, I started out as a blogger and last year on the blog that I have since decided to let go of, I created a list of "18 Goals Before 2018". Although I didn't meet ALL of my goals for the year, I think creating that list helped me to set my overall intention for those 365 Days. And so, I decided to do the same thing this year but, this time, keep all of the goals that I share business related.
So, here you have it...my 19 Goals before 2019...
1- Have my first 5 Figure Month
As I said, it's been an awesome year and I'm now consistently making very good money in my business each month. My goal for 2018 is to break that 5 Figure Month mark not by working harder but by working smarter. You'll see that several of my goals revolve around a more consistent content strategy as well as releasing several digital products. I think that consistency will absolutely be the key to reaching this goal.
2- Take a 2-week vacation and totally unplug from my business.
I was The AskGaryV Show a couple weeks ago and, he had Tim Ferris who wrote The 4-Hour Workweek on as a guest. One of the people that called in was a Virtual Assistant who was asking them about the best way to scale her business. Gary & Tim gave some great advice and my biggest take away from it was to make sure that you have exceptional standard operating procedures in place so that you're not the bottleneck for your company. And, a great way to test that is to take an extended vacation where you're not involved in the decision making and it's basically sink or swim for your team. Now Tim suggested 4 solid weeks. Emotionally, I'm not there yet. BUT, I think 2 weeks is do-able!
Wanna see the show, check is out here. Call in from the VA starts at the 19:29 mark.
3- Solidify a 5 day work week (take weekends completely off)
What I LOVE about my business is that my day doesn't have to be fully structured. In that, I mean that I don't have to start at 9 and be done by 5. If I want to take 2 hours in the middle of the day and go get my hair done, I can do that. THAT freedom is amazing! But sometimes, I forget to put up the guard rails and remember that Scott (my fantastic husband) doesn't have the same freedom in schedule so, weekends are still relaxation time for him which means, I need to make that relaxation time for US! So, starting in January, no more working on client work on weekend. Since working ON my business is down time for me like watching Sunday Football is down time for him, I WILL still work on things like writing blog posts and creating other content FOR my business.
4- Help 5 women start or expand their Virtual Assistant Businesses though my 1:1 Mentorship Program
Teaching has always been a part of my life. I've taught theatre, dance, and even PE classes. I LOVE watching people grow and turn the impossible into the possible. I've been helping VAs on and off for the last few months and have finally decided to officially make 1:1 Mentorships part of what I offer.
My goal in offering these mentorships is to help new VAs who want to fast track their success and VAs who are established in their business and are ready to take the leap in scaling through either expanding their offerings or expanding their team.
5- Relaunch V. Assist 201 as a Small Group program AND as a course.
I ran V. Assist 201, a small group training program for new VAs, as a beta launch earlier this year and worked with a phenomenal group of women. Life and client work got busy so I didn't get to relaunch it again in October as I had planned but that changes in 2018. If you'd like more info about V. Assist or want to sign up to be notified of 2018 dates, check it out here.
6- Grow my new V. Assist Q & A Facebook Group to 1000 people
Ok...deep breath Tasha! I've been on the fence about starting a Facebook Group for FOREVER but...you can't say it won't work until you've tried right? Gah! Why am I so nervous about this? I don't know!
I'm not quite ready to actually start this yet but, I'll let you know when I do!
7- Be a Guest on (5) Podcasts
Do you have a podcast? We should totally talk!!
8- Livestream more consistently on both my Business FB Page & Personal Page
I FINALLY did a livestream the other day on my Facebook Page. I LOVE doing them so I'm not sure why I don't do them more often but, I intend to change that. I'd love to know what questions you'd want me to answer when I go live. Comment below and let me know!
9- Host Monthly Implementation Day Par-TAYs
I started these in November of this year and they were such a hit that I definitely want to continue them on a Monthly basis! What are they you ask? It's a 4 Hour Virtual Day for Business owners who are lacking TWO very important ingredients needed to grow their business...the TIME and FOCUS to work ON their business!
10- Finish the courses I’ve purchased and IMPLEMENT the learning.
Let's be honest, course overwhelm is a real thing. I absolutely believe in continuing to learn but the IMPLEMENTATION of that learning is where growth truly happens. I've done a lot of learning in 2017 and am excited to step into implementing it.
11- Create my first live event.
Details to come but Saprina Nickelson of She Hustles and I are planning an AMAZING weekend long Virtual Assistant Co-Working Retreat. All I can say is...there will be a pool, there will be a chef, there will be AMAZING guess speakers and there will PROBABLY be a pillow fight.
12- Attend (2) conferences
My husband and I already have our tickets to Screw The 9 to 5 LIVE in September 2018. We're headed to Vancouver baby! I'm still debating about my 2nd conference. Any suggestions?
13- Have 52 Coffee Dates with fellow entrepreneurs
I think one of the most difficult parts of working from home is the amount of isolation you can feel if you aren't intentional about connecting with others in online spaces. I've worked really hard this year to connect with others through Masterminds, Conferences, and FB Groups.
In 2018, I want to chat with 52 Business Owners via Zoom! This ISN'T a time to pitch each other's services. It IS a time to build relationships, connect, and grow!
14- Move my team from Trello to Asana
Every freakin' time I think about moving from Trello to Asana, I break out into cold sweats...ok, not literally but figuratively! BUT, as my team grows and as the scope of work we provide to our clients grows, I'm beginning to see that Asana is the better choice in allowing us to manage that strategically. *insert sad face and single tear*
Not sure if Trello or Asana is the right choice for you? Check out this Trello vs. Asana quiz by Jessica Stansberry.
15- Create (2) Downloadable Digital Products
More details coming soon!
16- Create (2) Mini Courses
What mini course would YOU be interested in seeing me create?
17- Take 1 day per week to work ON my business instead of IN my business
I have to say that so far in December, I've been pretty good about balancing work IN my business vs. work ON my business. The end of the year lends itself to lots of reflection and goal setting so I've been taking the time to begin planning. I want to make sure that, that's something I continue to do weekly in 2018.
18- Leverage my affiliate marketing more
I actually had my best year yet when it came to affiliate sales thanks to the blog post I did about Stock Photography for Women of Color. But I have affiliate links for so many other platforms that I use and love but never talk about...why am I keeping these beautiful secrets???? No more I say! I need to let the world know!
19- Consistently participate in and add value to my mastermind groups
This year I participated in 4 Mastermind Groups (2 that are still running). It was so helpful to gain friendship and feedback from other online business owners who were experiencing similar joys and struggles in their businesses. My aim for 2018 is that I pour into their lives as much as they have mine.
So, now that you know my business goals for 2018, I'd love to hear yours. Comment below and tell me what you've got planned! :)