Happy New Year’s Eve!
I’m sure that many of you are in the middle of creating your 2018 goals and action plans. I’m still working on mine and will share them with you in my next post.
But today I want to look back into the past and celebrate today. It’s so easy to get caught up on where we want to be in the future that we forget to appreciate what we already accomplished.
Feeling Down to Feeling Accomplished
I admit that I’ve been feeling down lately because my business isn’t exactly where I want it to be. I want more monthly profits, I want more bundles, I want more shoes in my inventory, I want more wholesale accounts, I want this and I want that… So, I’ve been working on a 90-day game plan.
But then I stopped being so hard on myself and took a few minutes to look at my past goals and was amazed at how much I accomplished over the past 3+ years. Now I feel like Super-Diana!
Now I’m more confident that continuing to work consistently on my business, learning from my mistakes and creating baby action steps to get to my goals will bring me more business successes to celebrate again next year!
Amazon FBA Accomplishments
I’ve made plenty of mistakes, changed my areas of focus too many times and lost money on quite a few purchases. But through it all, my business has still grown. Here are a few successes that I’m celebrating today:
From the May 2014 post: Amazon FBA: Goals and Action Plan: I wrote this post 9 days after signing up as an Amazon FBA Seller. My goals were to hit $75, $100 and then $150 in monthly profits. Outcome: I operated at a loss until I made a $122 profit in August 2014. Then in December 2014, I made a $780.97 profit.
From the December 2014 post: Amazon FBA New Years Resolution: I’m Going To…: I created a SMART Goal to earn a $500 month profit by February 2015. Outcome: After December 2014, it wasn’t until August 2015 that I made another $500+ profit. This was also the month that I quit working 52 hours a week at my job and had more time to devote to Amazon. In December 2015, my profit was over $4,000.
From the May 2015 post: I’m Leaving My Regular Job to Work at Home: My big goal since 2013 was to quit working 50+ hours a week at my old job and to work at home. Outcome: I still work Mondays at the auto repair business to give my awesome replacement Sarah a day off and to get out of the house. Tuesdays thru Sundays, I’m at home working on my online empire and caring for my mother.
From the September 2015 post: Pay Yourself and Build a Profitable Amazon FBA Business: I read Profit First and followed the author’s advice to pay yourself. So my first “paycheck” goals were to pay myself $50 and then $100 twice a month. Outcome: I gradually increased the 2x a month paychecks to $150, $250 and then to $350. Once I hit $700 a month in take-home pay, I quit increasing it so that I’ll have more to invest in my business and to put into my savings account.
The 2016 goal was to become a shoe seller to increase my per-item profits. Outcome: In 2017, shoes accounted for over 73% of my sales. If you follow me on Facebook, I recently shared a screenshot where I made a $104.25 profit on one pair of shoes!
The 2017 goal was for every month to beat the sales for the same month in 2016. For example, January 2017’s goal was to beat January 2016’s sales. Outcome: I beat every month and the 2017 sales are 192% higher than last year’s sales.
2018 goals? I’ll be covering that in my next blog post.
I also want to take a second and thank you for supporting this blog and for using my affiliate links. Just as my Amazon FBA sales grew from year to year, so did my affiliate income from this blog. But better than that, I have made good friends on here and always enjoy my chats and emails with you.
P.S. I’d love to hear your goals and accomplishments! Please share them in the comments below!
P.P.S. Not to be a downer, but it’s the end of the year and time to get going on the paperowork! Here are some tips: Year End Reports and Preparing for Your CPA Meeting.