This is the time of year when I encourage entrepreneurs to begin planning for the New Year. Planning can be a positive and reflective process. It can be inspiring to look back over the mountains you have climbed in the past year and look ahead with optimism to the journey ahead.
Thanks to Scott Blitstein of eSeMBe, I found 101+1 Small Business Marketing Questions For People Who Donâ€™t Speak Marketing which is a humorous twist on serious marketing questions every small business owner should ask. I agree with Naomi Dunfordâ€™s suggestion to choose 25-50 questions and come back to the list periodically. I generally suggest every entrepreneur block off one full day to create a plan for the coming year. If you are unable (or resistant?) to give yourself the gift of a day to reflect and plan for the upcoming year, give yourself the gift of an hour a week for the next 8 weeks as we head into 2010.
Begin with your vision, this list, and a sense of humorâ€¦entrepreneurship can be fun!