2009 is done, it's past time to plan for 2010

It’s the holiday season, and that means everywhere you go, people will be hurried and harried getting from place to place to get everything on their lists done.

What about you? What’s on your list?

I don’t mean your holiday list for the in-laws, spouse, kids, pets, etc. I’m talking about the list you’re going to make planning your business and setting goals for 2010.

If you haven’t been in the habit of making a list to evaluate the year just past and make goals for the coming year, then you’ve been missing out on one of the best things you can do for your business. It’s easy to get into a roll of driving-selling-collecting-driving and not really evaluating what’s going on at the stops.

For tips on what to consider in your list, check out Joe Poulin’s column. He’s got a lot of years in the business and some good advice for how to evaluate 2009, plan for 2010 and not beat yourself up too much if this year was off.

Additionally, we have financial advice from Chris Putits, the wife of a Cornwell dealer, who does all the financial planning and tracking for her husband and two other dealers. She has plenty of money advice, as well as tips on re-evaluating your business even more than just annually. (Though annually is a good start if you haven’t been doing it at all.)

Lastly, I’d like to wish you a joyous and productive holiday season and look forward to talking with you in the New Year.