There's some irony in sitting down to write this article on the morning of January 29th. I had hoped to have it done a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully that's not an indication on how my goals are going to go this year.
I've thought long about how I set goals every year just to find give myself a D+ the following year. The fundamental problem I've been having is to look at things from a year-long perspective. There's always next month to hit revenue goals. I can lose 5 pounds next month. I'm trying to do something a little new and set goals by the month. For example, there's Setting Goals for January 2015.
I'm not going to take this space to set monthly goals though. It doesn't make sense at the financial stage we are at. The closest thing I can think of is building up emergency fund, which we are making great strides in.
There are a couple of things that I want to shot at though:
The Big Net Worth Milestone
One of the biggest goals I have is hitting that big net worth milestone. I'm not saying what that is, but if you read the comments, you should be able to put it together. Much of our net worth is not liquid, tied up in real estate investment properties and retirement brokerage accounts. Unfortunately, I don't control either the stock or real estate markets, so my influence is limited to what I can save. I have to leave the rest up to "the powers that be".
I'm wondering if those "powers that be" are related to low oil prices. Though we probably will see a raise in interest rates this year, the low oil prices should help company's profits. (Perhaps the strong dollar eats into those though.) If consumers save at the pump, they might have more money for rents and houses, driving the theoretical value of our investment properties up. We'll see what happens. At any rate, it will be fun to look back on this paragraph a year from now and see how crazy it was.
This is a terrible goal to set due to the factors outside my control, but I also see it as a can't lose situation. If I don't achieve it, I won't be disappointed because I've managed my expectations to start. If I do achieve, then it's "unicorns, show ponies, 'where's the beef?'!!!".
Business Goals I
I continue to try to keep Lazy Man and Money as a daily money journey diary sharing my favorite tips of what works for me, while looking out for consumers to keep them safe from scams. Currently too much of my income relies on this website. I would like to diversify. It's not just for the purposes of where my income comes from, but to match my interests. There's more to life than money, and I want to write about it.
I realize that not everyone is a fan of reading about MLM scams. They are interesting to me from an intellectual standpoint and the number of comments I get tell me the articles are extremely useful. Overall, I'd say that 95% of the population doesn't care. Of the remaining 5%, I'd say that 99% of those people are wrapped up in the pyramid schemes and not open to me exposing the fraud.
With that I'd like to announce the launch of a new website: Be Better Now. It's a self-improvement site with a few unique twists to set it apart from anything else I think you've seen. I'll go into it in more detail later in a separate post. For now I suggest you go explore, but here's why you'll love Be Better Now.
(Side note: To all those MLMers, who send me death threats or simply try to sue me, your best move is to help me be extremely successful with Be Better Now. Time that I spend there is time that I am not spending exposing your pyramid schemes. Also, you do your "industry" no favors when you attack people who are trying to help others.)
With the two websites combined, I hope to have 800,000 visitors throughout the year. I'll put a huge stretch goal at an even million. Like the net worth goal above, I control some things such as how good the content is. I don't control other things, such as getting people to spread it or search engines to say: "This is really useful!" If I build it, will they come? I guess we'll find out.
Business Goals II
(With the upcoming Super Bowl, I'm in a Roman Numeral mood.)
Aside from the obvious website businesses, I'm still the a full-time family CFO. This means that I'm focused on ways to save money such as shopping for bargains or refinancing mortgages. It even includes our foray into solar power.
There are a lot of these little thing that I do which stretch the money we make further.
The closest thing I have to a goal for this year is to finally sign up as a host at DogVacay and bring in some extra money outside of website stuff. I estimate that I could make about $30 a day or roughly around $2000 a year doing it around once a week. It isn't huge money, but when you already know how to stretch a dollar, $2000 is more than you might think.
I have bunch of tiny goals, but nothing sweeping like the yearly ones. One example might be to drink at least 50% almond milk instead of my current milk. I'd like to investigate all those tiny health choices I can make and really cement them as habits that stick. Most of this is going to be covered at Be Better Now on a monthly basis.
When it comes time to look this over at the end of the year, I'll go and grade those monthly goals and come up with a meta-analysis of how things went.
... And if all this doesn't work, I'll look to improve the process for next year. I view it as an evolutionary process.
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