Every week I email a “Tax Tip of the Week,” to clients, business associates and acquaintances, and some family members.   And every week I get back a handful of “Auto replies” stating this individual or that individual will be out of the office on vacation starting today and going through ____.   Some weeks these auto replies are greater than others – especially the summer and especially this week.

For many employees, the week between Christmas and New Years can be pretty quiet (retail aside).      That being said, it’s the perfect time to create your plan; whether it be something monumental like a business plan to use as the blueprint for your business, or a strategic plan for the next 1, 5, and 10 years, or a marketing plan or budget to help propel you through the next 12 months.

If I may offer a suggestion, if you don’t have a long-term plan, such as a working business plan or a strategic plan, outlining your business’s core vision and mission, start there.   Reason being that these documents can help move your organization in the direction you want it to go.   After this, you can determine how you would like to market yourself (marketing plan) and where you would like to spend your dollars this year (budget).

Below are some links to help you plan:

Business plan – http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/247574

Strategic plan – http://www.forbes.com/sites/aileron/2011/10/25/five-steps-to-a-strategic-plan/

Marketing plan – http://www.forbes.com/sites/davelavinsky/2013/09/30/marketing-plan-template-exactly-what-to-include/

Budget – http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/personalfinance/savingspending/budgeting/