Leadership

3 ways to move your business forward in 6 months

Define what it is you would like to accomplish in 26 weeks. Pick items that you can reasonably attack and achieve.

#1

Set goals.

3 ways to move your business forward in 6 months - Lioness Magazine
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Define what it is you would like to accomplish in 26 weeks. Pick items that you can reasonably attack and achieve. For instance, if you want to move the needle on your sales, calculate a quota that requires a little more elbow grease and effort from you and the staff.

When I first started the Valley Venture Mentors program, I knew that I wanted to make use of the connections and expertise I was going to be privy to for six months. The first thing my mentor Angela and I did was prioritize a list of goals I wanted to reach by the end of the program.

As small business owners, our attention is pulled in many directions. Having a set list will keep you focused. Over the course of my six months, when I started getting new ideas or lost in the daily shuffle of running my startup, Angela would ask me if whatever I was doing tied into my list – if it didn’t, I ditched it.

Join us tomorrow for #2.

 

About the author

Natasha Zena

Around age eight Natasha Zena was told it was a woman’s job to take care of the home and since then she has built a career out of telling women they can do whatever the hell they want to do. She is the co-founder of Lioness, the go-to news source for everything female entrepreneur. Natasha was recognized as an emerging leader in digital media by The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists. She has mentored women entrepreneurs and moderated panels at a number of national accelerators, Startup Weekends and conferences such as The Lean Startup Conference, the Massachusetts Conference for Women, Women Empower Expo and Smart Cities Connect. Natasha is also the author of the popular whitepaper, "How To Close The Gender Gap In Startup Land By 2021." In her spare time, she writes short fiction and hangs out with her son, Shaun.

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