June not only signals the start of summer but also the end of the month marks the halfway point of the calendar year. You wisely and diligently set some goals for your business at the beginning of the year. This is an ideal time for you to review each goal and ask yourself these questions: Who can work with you to achieve this goal? What is left to do to achieve this goal? When can you realistically achieve this goal? Where will you and your business be if you achieve this goal? Why do you want to achieve this goal? How would this impact you and your business if you achieved this goal?
The summer is also a prime time to pursue new contacts and clients/customers and connect with old and existing contacts and clients/customers. Your contacts and clients/customers may be taking a vacation sometime this summer or already starting to outline/finalize their plans for the fall and winter. You are being proactive and attentive if you contact them and make an effort to book some time with them to buy them a coffee or a meal to thank them for their past or current business and to discuss their future plans in a more informal and relaxed environment like a patio instead of a formal and confined space like an office or meeting room. You may find that your contacts may be more generous and forthcoming in providing you with leads and introductions and your clients/customers may be more open and honest about their requirements and more eager and enthusiastic about doing more business with you.
Because June suggests a move from the dark and dreary to the lighter and livelier, you may be looking around your office and at your business whether you are a sole proprietor or the owner of a large or small business and thinking that it may be time to make some changes. Before you decide to make any changes, identify what is working well, what is not working well and what might work better with some improvement. While it is important to be happy about and grateful for what is working well, there may be a temptation to shift the bulk of your most important resources of time, money and energy to trying to improve what is not working well. Before you make a move to do this, decide whether this investment of time, energy and money will actually improve what is not working well and provide you and your business with a healthy return in the form of more that is working well and less that is not working well.
If you are a sole proprietor, be honest about what you love to do, what you are good at and what is getting done quickly and easily and what you hate doing no matter what the incentive, what you feel that you are not good at doing and what is not and will never get done even though you have the best of intentions. You are demonstrating courage and confidence when you ask for help and give others the chance to support you in your business. If you and your business thrive on your selling and schmoozing yet flounder when it comes to core functions like accounting and administration then it is time to focus on what you enjoy and are really good at and give the work that causes you headaches, stomach aches, nightmares and sleepless nights to capable individuals who love to do this work and will do an excellent job for you. Keep in mind that you cannot blindly hand over these functions and completely ignore what is happening with them. If you are devoted and committed to your business, you will be checking in daily or meeting weekly with these individuals to make sure that you understand the work that is being done and that it is completed to your satisfaction and within the time and budget constraints that you have worked out with them.
When it comes to your business, stay in tune, commit to prune and have a positive, productive and prosperous June!