10 New Year's Resolutions from a Small Business Owner

As the year draws to a close, I decided to sit down and think about all the changes that have happened over the past year, and all the amazing things yet to come. In just twelve short months, I got engaged and then married the love of my life; I removed toxic people from my circle of influence and focused on strengthening relationships with my friends and family; and I found that event planning is something I’m truly passionate about!

With all this in mind, I wrote out my 10 resolutions for 2018. While some are geared toward building Beauty & the Budget Events, others made this list because I know there is value in maintaining balance as I move forward on this journey.

Photo by Danielle Riley Photography

1. Make it Official

That’s right! B&BEvents is expected to become an official business in the early months of 2018! Even though we just got started, I believe in diving into the deep end and figuring out how to swim. Now that I’m planning to make things official, I also need to start keeping close track of the books. Every penny, mile and moment will all be recorded as I move into the new year.

2. Provide a Service Worth Talking About

With my first wedding in April, I’m making it a top goal to plan events that clients are truly thrilled with. After all, a service is nothing without happy clients, and their happiness is my great joy. Along with that, I want them to be so pleased with my work that they want to shout it from the rooftops (or at least all over the internet). Word of mouth is everything in this industry, so my goal is to earn glowing reviews from each of my clients this year.

3. Read at Least 10 Novels

This goal is as much for myself as my business – reading keeps me sane, and that’s something my clients definitely need! While some of the books on my 2018 reading list are motivational (Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What’s Right in Front of Me), others are just for the joy of reading (Sherlock Holmes). And yes, I have a book list written down (planner, duh!).

4. Improve my Online Presence

I’ve really enjoyed working on my blog so far, but my goal is for more people to see my website! By June, I would like to triple the number of views my website receives monthly. Additionally, I want to continue to use Instagram as the amazing tool it is, and I’d love to reach 200 followers by the end of the year. I also intend to increase my use of Facebook as a marketing tool (I’d love tips if you have some!).

5. Volunteer!

Here’s a New Year’s Resolution I’m sure to achieve – for the first three months of 2018, I’ve signed up to volunteer with one of my favorite local organizations: SAFEchild. This awesome organization is a child abuse prevention agency in Wake County, NC, and they work directly with families to educate and empower parents and children to create safe and nurturing homes, free from abuse. This will be my third time volunteering with SAFEchild, and I’m so excited to get started again.

6. Book Three More Clients for 2018

The ultimate goal is to plan five weddings, one styled shoot and three social events for 2018, and I’m halfway to my booking goal! While the number of total events isn’t very high, I recognize that I shouldn’t overload myself, since I want to give the highest quality of service to each client I work with. I’ll be happy to add more clients to the books for 2019 once I’m more seasoned. Please contact me if you want to help me reach this goal!

7. Attend at Least Six Networking Events

I love how many opportunities there are for networking in Wake County, and I can’t wait to meet more of the amazing professionals in this area, for a chance to learn from and work with them! I know I have a lot of growing to do, and these networking events will help me get there.

8. Use my Passion Planner the Entire Year

I often start and end the year on fire for planning and journaling, but the summer months leave me fizzled out. This year, I’m in charge of planning much more than my own life and social calendar, so I have no fear that my handy dandy Passion Planner will be entirely filled out from front to back. (They should pay me for how often I recommend this company! I seriously love them.)

9. Take Six Online Courses

I’ve found this amazing website called Udemy, where professionals in a number of fields provide online classes to anyone looking to learn a new skill. I plan to take at least six of these courses to diversify my skill set and help improve my business. Some of the courses I have on my course calendar include “Bookkeeping Basics,” “Facebook Marketing,” and “Learn Wedding Designing in Easy Steps.”

10. Enjoy my Life!

While I’m excited about my new business and recognize that there is so much work that goes into making a business work, I want to always remember where my priorities lie. My overall focus will always be on my husband, and the life we are building together – that’s why we’re planning a week long summer vacation! I also want to prioritize attending church every Sunday, making one social plan a week with a friend or family member, and always choosing to enjoy the simple moments in life.

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