How big are your dreams for your home business? You want to earn at least a few hundred or few thousand a month from it. You want it to last for years. But all you can seem to get is a few dollars here, a few visitors there. Nothing to celebrate. Or is it? Are you at all excited about the small milestones in your home business?
Even these small triumphs are worth celebrating. You don’t go from zero to hundreds of dollars all in one step. These things take time, and the fact that you’re earning anything or getting visitors means you’re doing something right.
Pick Your Small Milestones
A home business milestone is whatever you want it to be. Posting a certain number of times can be a milestone. So can earning a certain amount in a single day, week or month. Your first post to reach 100 pins on Pinterest can be a milestone.
These things do not need to be big, at least not yet. Save the big goals for later. They’ll take more time to reach, and frustrate you if they take too long to reach. Little goals are a better place to start.
Don’t make the milestones you celebrate too small. You don’t need to celebrate every post you make or every sale. But there is something to be said for being proud of your first blog post or your first online sale.
Break that big goal into smaller milestones. Want to earn $5000 a month from your home business? Celebrate your first $100 month or $500 month. Celebrate your first $2000 month. While you have small goals to reach at first, there’s always something bigger beyond it, so that you keep pushing yourself.
Keep your focus on your progress toward your goals, rather than on how far away they are. It’s more helpful to note how things are improving rather than focusing on how you haven’t reached your big goals yet.
Improve On Your Small Milestones
The other reason to celebrate your small milestones in your home business is so that you can improve upon them.
Pick something that is starting to go right, and be proud of that. But don’t settle for that. That milestone is something you can improve upon.
Take a look at what went right. How did you reach that milestone? What can you do to step things up to a more challenging milestone?
Money Is Not The Only Goal
While earning a good amount of money is vital to a successful home business, it should not be the only goal you pay attention to. There are a lot of factors that go into making your business successful.
Learn new skills that will help you improve your home business. You can take a course through Udemy to improve how you use social media, for example. Another choice would be to work on how you network in person.
If you have a service oriented business, you could learn new skills so that you can offer a greater range of services to your clients. The ability to do more for your clients or to do your work better and more quickly will help you earn more money.
You won’t always feel as though you’re getting anywhere, and that’s frustrating. But if you pay attention to the places where you are making progress, you can acknowledge the places where it’s getting better, as well as where you need to try harder.