Guest Author - Violette DeSantis
In the daily grind, many employees shuffle off to work, set goals, learn new things to keep up with competition and report to management on their accomplishments and setbacks. In turn, management reviews them periodically to keep everyone on task to meet the short- and long-term goals of the company.
If you are a small business owner or freelancer, many times an employee of one in either instance, the daily grind may be a little different. If you are not reporting to anyone in an official manner, consider reporting to yourself. Write yourself a self-evaluation or performance review to measure your work.
List your accomplishments and completed projects
Youve earned it. List your successes, planned and unplanned. Use action verbs as you would in writing your resume. Search Google for action verbs, active verbs or power words if you need help.
Identify your strengths and weaknesses
Team Player Are you getting along well with clients or customers? Even if you work alone, you still report to whoever pays for your goods and services.
Meets Deadlines Are your deliverables on time to your clients or customers? Do you complete your anticipated tasks when you expect? Meeting deadlines is important whether it is delivering something to a client or meeting a self-imposed deadline to complete a task.
Organizational Skills Are you organized in such a way that time is not wasted? Organized professionals get more done in less time.
Communication Skills Do you communicate well, in a clear fashion and in a way necessary to meet the needs of your clients and customers? Make sure you are clear about the needs of those who wish to contact you. Make every effort to offer a number of effective ways for them to reach you on and offline.
Leadership Ability Even if you are a business of one; ask yourself if you have led your business where you wanted it to go. Can you lead, or direct, your customers to the services they need?
Attendance You may own the company, or work at home, but your attendance is still important. Do you put in enough time to may your business as successful as you intended?
Quality of Work Can you perform the skills necessary to run all areas of your business? Be honest, are your clients or customers happy with your services and goods? Take the giant leap and query them about how they feel. Create an online survey to keep it anonymous and allow them to say what they want about your business. Is there an area you need to work on to improve any negative aspect of your work quality? Consider certification or technical training if your work is specialized.
Meets Daily, Weekly and Long-term Goals If you dont take the time to plan your time in advance, creating tasks and milestones in a short- and long-term manner, you should. Then, you can evaluate if you are meeting your goals as outlined. Is your business earning what you set out to earn? Is your business growing as you envisioned it would (growth in new products, profit, clients, etc.).
Self-evaluation is an exercise that leads to self-discovery of where you are professionally and where you need to be. Once you answer those questions, you can set goals to grow your business.