New I-9 Form Mandated After January 22, 2017
- Section 1 asks for “other last names used” rather than “other names used,” and streamlines certification for certain foreign nationals.
- The addition of prompts to ensure information is entered correctly.
- The ability to enter multiple preparers and translators.
- A dedicated area for including additional information rather than having to add it in the margins.
- A supplemental page for the preparer/translator.
Are you ready for 2017 to be even better than 2016? If so, take a few minutes to reflect on the questions below and take action to set your 2017 profit plan.
Question 1: What were the three best business things about 2016?
No need to re-invent the wheel. If you knocked it out of the park in 2016, can you wash, rinse and repeat these tasks in 2017?
If you’re having trouble thinking of three things, here are some hints:
- What apps saved you time and money?
- Did you make some good hires?
- Did you let go of a bad hire or two?
- Was there a marketing campaign that really worked?
- Were there any events you went to that generated great ideas?
- Did you add or remove products and/or services?
- Did you buy new equipment or open a new location?
Summarize the three best things that happened in your business for 2016 and think about how you can repeat them to enhance your 2017.
Question 2: What were the three worst business things about 2016?
While we don’t want to dwell too much on our failures, we do want to learn from them. Think about the three things that are causing you to lose time, money or gain stress, and decide if you can make changes for 2017.
Question 3: What vision do you have for your business in 2017?
At the end of 2017, what has to have happened in order for you to have a successful year? Think in terms of metrics as well as intangibles, such as peace of mind and happiness.
Once you know your destination, the fun is in creating a roadmap to get you there.
Your 2017 Profit Plan
If your vision includes financial goals, then creating a profit plan is one way to measure your progress throughout 2017. Start by deciding how much profit you want to make in 2017. From there, you can compute your revenue goal and make a plan. Then you can add expenses to complete the budget. Here’s an example:
Let’s say you want to make $50,000 in profit for 2017. You can do that in a number of ways:
- Generate $500,000 in revenue and $450,000 in expenses.
- Generate $2 million in revenue and $1,950,000 in expenses.
- Generate $150,000 in revenue and $100,000 in expenses.
- And so forth.
From your profit number, you can create a revenue plan. A revenue should include how many items you need to sell. Like this:
|No. of units||Price||Revenue|
Once you have your revenue plan, you can fill in your estimated expenses.
You might be thinking that this sure sounds a lot like making a budget. And it is. But it’s far more fun to work on something called a profit plan than it is a budget. And if you need us to do the number-crunching part, please feel free to reach out any time.
Here’s to a very happy and prosperous 2017.
Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays
and all the Best in the New Year!
From all of us at New Business Directions
Rhonda, Wayne, Suzy, Kendra, Britney, Trudi, Kristen, and Freckles
Do you ever need to collect information from your customers? There are many ways to do it: a form in Microsoft Word®, a fillable PDF, and a Web form are all very common. Less common but slicker than the rest is the option of using Google Forms.
You’ll need a Google ID, and most people use their gmail account for this. Go to Google Drive from your menu, or you can access it from this URL: https://drive.google.com.
In Google Forms, you can have customers complete a line or paragraph of text, select from multiple choice, check a box, select from a dropdown, rate an item on a linear scale, or enter a date or time. To design the form, decide what questions you want to ask your customers.
Start creating your new form by clicking the button labeled New in the top left corner of the screen and select More, then Google Forms.
Title the form by typing over Untitled Form. Your first question is already formatted for you. Multiple choice is selected, and you can change the question type by clicking the arrow on the right side of the Multiple Choice option. Over on the left, you can type your first question or label. Let’s say you need to know their name, so you would enter “Name” in the field and change the question type to Short Answer.
To add a field, click the plus sign on the vertical menu to the right of the form. Repeat this until you have all your form fields entered. If you need to add instructions, choose the TT option on the vertical menu just below the plus sign. You can also add images, video, and sections to your form using this menu.
Clicking the Send button allows you to email the form, get a link (click the chain icon), or add it to a web page (click the <>).
There are dozens of options and settings for your form. You can change colors (palette icon at top right), preview your form (eye at top right), or modify your settings (gear icon). The three vertical dots at the top right provide more functions. If you need a team member to access the responses or edit the form, you can Add Collaborator from this menu. You can even turn the form into a quiz.
Once people start submitting their answers, you can review them by clicking the Responses tab at the top of the form.
Google Forms are versatile, professional-looking, and best of all, free. Give them a try next time you need to collect information from your clients.