Goal Setting – It’s for Real, Do It
You’re a contractor not a stockbroker so why should you have to deal with goal setting? It seems like a silly buzz word that people in those other non hands on businesses like to throw around. But, goal setting applies to the contractor business just as much as it applies to those other businesses. Without goal setting your business is like a rudderless ship just lurching about from project to project with no clear direction. Any contractor should sit down and have a conversation with themselves about what they would like to achieve and how to go about it.
The contractor business is tough and getting even tougher in this economy. Having a clear agenda on how to deal with the here and now is important. Dealing with the future is even more important. Setting goals may seem like some esoteric thing you read about in self help books, but they really do help especially if you have problems keeping focus, which a lot of people in the contractor business do. It’s easy to lose your way when you are running around trying to get projects done on time and on budget. But, if you set up and initial goal setting plan and stick with it you will find your business will run a lot more smoothly and make a lot more money.
If you are a contractor who realizes goal setting should be a priority then you are well on your way to establishing a competitive advantage over others in the contractor business. By setting goals and keeping to them you will establish a winning plan that both you and your customers will notice. The effect of goal setting can be enormous and can make you appear to be more of a professional than you already are.
And, you shouldn’t be nervous about starting up a goal setting plan. Start small. Think about what you want to accomplish tomorrow. Write it down and then stick to the plan. After a while you will find yourself setting longer and longer goals for your contractor business and will start to reap the benefits quicker than you ever thought. Goal setting is not just another fluffy buzz word. It is a concept that works. It’s all about discipline and like everything it may be hard at first but once you get into the groove you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it.
About the Author
I’m currently a contractor based in New Hampshire. I’m just about to launch a membership site built by contractors for contractors. It’s a place where like minded contractors can come learn and share.