I’ve learned a lot about myself and my business in the first two quarters of the year. For me, Q1 was really about experimenting. I had several ideas for what shape I wanted my business to take, but I wasn’t exactly sure what the final product would look like. I spent long days and weeks building up my brand, doing a lot of the work with little financial reward in return. But I knew this was the route I needed to take. I had to build a strong foundation before I could scale to success.
During Q2, I continued making a lot of sacrifices. I sacrificed my time and my personal life. Some might say I sacrificed relationships. My business has been one of my top priorities, and I quickly learned that I couldn’t do it all. Other activities and goals would have to take a backseat. But I really feel like it has paid off. I reached my first financial goal for where I wanted to be after six months. And I’ve built a strong client base. I’ve worked on projects I am proud of. I’ve created the results I’ve been aiming to achieve – both for my own brand and the brands of my clients.
Now, here we are, approaching the second half of the year. And while I have a good idea of where I want to be by the end of Q4, I’m not exactly sure what Q3 will look like. I plan to continue to build from the momentum of Q2, but I’m also aware I have some hurdles to overcome along the way.
I want to take some time to enjoy my freedom this summer. We Canadians only get a couple months of solid summer weather, and I want to be able to enjoy it with the ones I love. Not to mention, my husband and I are moving to a new home in August. And I’m aware of the stress this could add to my working routine. But it’s all about planning ahead.
So let’s get to the planning part. Here’s what my goals look like for Q3:
While I still want to challenge myself with my business goals over the next few months, I also want to be practical. My professional goals at this point are aimed at maintaining growth, while still allowing room for some time off.
- Sign on two new social media clients to monthly contracts.
- Book three to four consultations per month.
- Get published in three different magazines/blogs/websites.
- Blog twice a week for Web of Words.
- Finalize sponsorship plan for The Reply.
- Attend regular networking events.
- Look into registering for a conference in the fall.
- Prepare plan(s) for workshop hosting in the fall.
With a big move on the horizon, my financial goals are a major priority this summer. Moving is expensive. And we also have some upcoming reno plans for the new house. My brother-in-law and (future) sister-in-law are getting married in July as well (woohoo!), and my husband is the best man. So money is going to be extra tight.
- Continue to track all personal spending and stay on budget.
- No retail shopping for July and August (unless using a gift card or buying necessities for new home).
- Maintain or increase income through summer months.
- Contribute savings goals every month.
- Sell unused items for side income.
- Buy a new mattress/bed for new house.
Like I mentioned in my Q2 review, I want to pay closer attention to my health and personal life in Q3. Any significant life change takes its toll, so I want to be proactive. Also, even though we did a big purge in the spring, I want to take advantage of the moving process as a chance to remove even more unnecessary belongings from my life.
- Attend two boot camp sessions per week.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Follow packing schedule for move.
- Get rid of unused and unnecessary belongings.
- Spend time at the cottage with friends and family.
- Schedule one date night per week.
- Prep homemade lunches daily.
- No fast food.
One thing is certain: it’s going to be an interesting and exciting three months. I’ll be sure to keep you posted with regular updates along the way.
In the meantime, what are your plans for Q3? I’d love to hear about your goals in the comments below.