The best way to grow is to evaluate what you’ve done and see what worked and what didn’t. Last week I recapped my goals for 2016 and gave you an update on how they went.
This is post 2 of 4, for my January blogging theme of “Goals and Resolutions” and today I’m talking about Business Goals for 2017.
I didn’t recap one of my goals from last year in my previous post because I wanted to really explain everything thats happened this year for my business. So i’ll start by telling you about that.
In 2016 I wanted to ‘Pursue My Career’. I said I didn’t really know how that would happen but I just wanted to take a step. It’s actually crazy to think about how much has happened because I feel like it’s been forever since I said that.
Instagram – After I wrote my goals, I started my instagram account that i didn’t put much effort into right away but eventually i really got in to it. I participated in The Rising Tide Society’s InstaTideChallenge which was so much fun and was a really great opportunity to communicate with each other and learn to use instagram to the best of it’s business capabilities. Right after that I got 100+ likes on a post for the first time. Not trying to brag, because the post wasn’t even about me, but from a business stand-point it’s a milestone.
My next ‘instagram goal’, if you will, was to reach 300+ followers by Christmas. And I hit 300 right after Thanksgiving. *happy dance*
I know Instagram is just a social media network, but the more likes and followers you have as a creative person or business owner means that many people see your work and like it.
I went from posting and having barely any response to posting and actually getting engagements with followers or people who find my work.
Art for Sale – This year I went from only doing art and commissions for friends to selling my art in local shops & on Etsy. I started my Etsy shop early in 2016 and I still haven’t made a whole lot of progress there but I’m still working on it. In 2016, I put my art in 4 local shops (one of which is an adorable bridal shop!).
Commissions & Projects – Commission pieces are usually some of my favorites and i did a few of them this year. However, my favorite snuck in right at the end of 2016 right before Christmas. It was 3 different watercolor flower pieces and i may have to remake one of them for myself because I’m in love with them! I don’t usually work with watercolors, but thats all about to change!
Networking – 2016 was a great year for networking! As i’ve told you before I found Rising Tide Society this year and i fell in love with it! It completely changed the way I look at everything business and I’ve learned so much! It feels like I’ve known about RTS forever and the friendships that i’ve made are so genuine that it feels like i’ve known them for way longer than a year! Networking may not seem like a direct way to grown your business but i wouldn’t have done half of the things I did this year if it wasn’t for this group. Business relationships are so important!
“Community Over Competition”
I can’t believe how much was accomplished in 2016. It was a crazy year in some good ways and in some unsure ways, but among all of that some fabulous things happened and I’m so grateful! Next week i’ll share my goals for the coming year, so stay tuned! 🙂
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