We are fast approaching another year! Are you the type to look back and see what went well, and what didn’t? Do you reflect in writing how you feel about closing out the year? How did your side hustle do? Were changes made? Did you make changes? Was there growth in your business? Did you grow? Did you try to implement new systems or routines? Yes, too many questions!
At the end of 2021, I didn’t make any plans for 2022. Honestly, I wasn’t in the right headspace to do it. I was dealing with 2 sick cats and facing their short future. I really didn’t care about my business. It just wasn’t a priority. By the end of January, it still wasn’t a big priority. I was grieving the loss of one beloved cat.
2022 was an interesting year. I’m sure you could probably say the same about it. Although my business grew, despite my lack of effort, I knew it wouldn’t keep growing as algorithm changes were happening, affecting the visibility of my products. I saw this coming back in the fall of 2022. Maybe you saw it too. What are we going to do?
There is a lot of value in evaluating your business. You may feel like you are working in isolation, but there are so many other teacher sellers out in the world who are experiencing similar stuff as you. When you sit down, take a look at:
- business growth or loss
- income and expenses
- time invested
- systems, routines in place
Some of these we can’t completely control except our time and our systems. If you are a TPT seller, the changes that were made over the last few months are out of our control. When you are evaluating your business, don’t spend time on what you can not control.
Do You Need New Systems ?
It’s easy to just keep doing, same old, same old, but honestly, new systems or routines might be exactly what you need to propel your business forward. Sometimes while examining old systems or routines, we can see how we are wasting time on areas that are not bringing as much profit as other areas.
Are the daily/weekly tasks in your life providing you with a high percentage of your income? They should be! I recently heard, “little tweaks can provide great peaks!”. Start with making tweaks in your daily and weekly tasks.
This blog post is going to continue next week with some suggestions of daily/weekly tasks. We will also look at how you keep track of your tasks and a brief look at accountability groups.
In the meantime, if you haven’t read about the importance of data (which you should be evaluating regularly), pop on over to that blog post next.