Ways To Start The New Year Right For Entrepreneurs
By Ryan Velez
We’re getting close to a new year, meaning that there are plenty of New Year’s resolutions out there for people looking to improve their lives and their businesses. At the same time, there’s a very good chance that the new goals you have for this year aren’t really new at all—just the same ones from the previous year. Black Enterprise has a list of some new goals that you may not expect to help your business career but can do just that. While these may require you to get out of your comfort zone a bit, conquering your fears could lead your business in some wonderful new directions.
The first idea to try for 2017 is attending a summit or conference in another state. Attending networking events is a great way to put yourself out there, but perhaps now is the time to take things to the next level by attending a multi-day conference. From attending workshops, meeting industry leaders, and networking with fellow attendees, events like these can have huge benefits for your business. Don’t wait until the New Year to start thinking about it, get ahead by researching potential events in your niche that would be a good fit for you. Surrounding yourself with plenty of well-achieved business people is the exact kind of company you want to keep.
One thing you may want to consider is entering a competition this year. A competition can take many forms, and on the surface, it may not seem like that’s the ideal match for your business, and that’s okay. Consider the competitive piece a confidence-building exercise, exactly what you want as an entrepreneur. Of course, there are practical reasons for doing this as well. Major competitions draw plenty of media attention, and this could provide a platform both to advertise and to network with fellow competitors and attendees.
The third goal you can set is some sort of global travel. While this may raise some eyebrows as business advice, travel can increase your clientele and profits. Several programs like Unsettled and Up With People focus on these benefits, using global travel to increase leadership skills and cross-cultural knowledge. Another potentially valuable experience is a language immersion course, especially if you find a potential market among certain groups of people.