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Ring in Your Happiest, Most Successful New Year

Achieve Your Business, Financial, and Career Goals and New Year's Resolutions


Looking for advice and help to make this New Year your best year – ever? There is something about a new year - a new beginning - so new goals and resolutions, new plans, new dreams and new directions fuel your thoughts. Whether your New Year’s challenge is a new job, an improved career, setting and fulfilling your business goals, getting your finances in order, or transforming your job or work, these ideas will help.

Heed the awesome power of goal setting. You can realize your wildest dreams. These tips will help you negotiate the necessary journey on your way to a New Year filled with success and joy. Ready to start your journey? Begin – now. Achieve your dreams and New Year's resolutions with help from the Experts in About.com's Business and Finance and Jobs and Careers channels.

New Years Resolutions for Your Job and Career

Make New Year's Resolutions for Your Career
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  • Ten Keys for Taking Control of Your Career
    In addition to losing weight and spending more time with family, many people will vow to improve their professional lives in the coming year. According to research, one of the top 10 most popular New Year's resolutions is job-related. However, in the busy months that follow, many of these goals are forgotten and never achieved. Find out more from About.com's Expert in Job Searching, Alison Doyle.

  • 10 New Year's Resolutions for Career Success
    Want to multiply the possibility that you will create career success in the New Year? From maintaining versatility and work-life balance to making connections, managing up, and avoiding mistakes in the office, you can use these recommendations to achieve your career goals. Written from the legal careers perspective by attorney Sally Kane, these New Year’s resolutions are really applicable to all – don’t miss them.

  • Top Ten Resolutions for Your Possible New Year
    Write out your New Year's resolutions and you will restore, revitalize and renew your spirit to take advantage of all the possibilities of the new year. Here are ten New Year's resolutions for people who work for businesses and want to develop and enjoy their careers. May your New Year's resolutions help you make this year your best year ever. About.com's Susan Heathfield suggests that you need to be good to yourself this year and promise that you will...

  • Top 10 Tips for College Students: Goals for a Bright Future
    With increased competition for jobs after graduation, students face a critical challenge during college. You must prepare early, while you still have time, to obtain the experience, skills, and credentials that employers want and need. Start now to set the stage for your amazing future. Penny Loretto, About.com's Internships Expert, tells students how to start – and plan – and leverage your college achievements. No other goal is so important as you seek to become the answer to an employer’s dreams.

  • Best Career Advice for 2014

    Considering a new job or a career change? Want to write interview winning resumes and cover letters? How about acing your job interviews? Sometimes, the big things help the most, but sometimes, a quick tip will help your application get noticed. Job Searching's Alison Doyle ask leading career experts for their best advice for job hunting in 2014. Here are their tips.

  • Find Your Dream Nonprofit Job
    More people than ever want a career that makes a difference. From career changers, to new graduates, to baby boomers who want a capstone career, the nonprofit sector is a prime destination for job seekers. About.com's Nonprofit Charitable Organization's Expert, Joanne Fritz tells you how to search for just the right fit, how to appeal to nonprofit employers, and how volunteering can give you a career entry point.

  • 5 Big Mistakes To Avoid In An Ad Agency Interview
    Think you know how to prepare for and bowl the team over at an ad agency job interview? You need to prepare well and knowing what not to say is just as important as knowing what to tell the interviewer. Here are five major landmines from About.com's Advertising Expert, Paul Suggett, that you need to sidestep.

  • Best Places to Work in Insurance
    Are you interested in knowing the best places to work in insurance? About.com's insurance industry Expert Michael Meulemans fills you in on the best places in the insurance industry to target for your job search in the New Year.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Business and Finances

Make New Year's Resolutions for Your Business and Finances
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  • 3 Business Resolutions for the New Year
    Want the three business New Year's resolutions most likely to bring you success? About.com's Expert about Women in Business, Lahle Wolfe describes all three. If you aggressively network your business, make your business plan dynamic, and frequently assess your business direction, you ensure the success of your business - and accomplish your goals, too.

  • Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Business Success
    These ten New Year's resolutions will help you increase your business's success in the coming year. Even better? Use these resolutions to enjoy your success more by keeping your work-life balance in sync while you're achieving challenging goals. About.com’s Susan Ward, Small Business: Canada Expert, tells you how.

  • New Year's Resolutions vs. New Year's Goals
    Want to know the secret to accomplishing a business goal? Business resolutions fuel your success in the New Year, but only if you turn ephemeral ideas into actionable, measurable specific goals. About.com’s Management Expert, John Reh tells you how and what you need to know to put your business achievement on the right path for the New Year.

  • New Year’s Resolutions About Credit and Debt
    Got money or a paycheck to spend in the New Year? As you make your New Year’s resolutions, don't forget about improving your financial health and your credit habits. As you resolve to make some changes, add one or more of these credit and debt New Year's resolutions to your list. About.com’s Credit and Debt Expert, LaToya Irby offers advice that will help you end the New Year with a clean credit record and a comfortable sense of your financial well-being.

  • 5 New Year’s Financial Resolutions
    About.com's Money Over 50 Expert, Dana Anspach says, "As I start each new year, I take a moment to pause and reflect on my favorite definition of insanity: 'To keep on doing the same things over and over and expect different results.'" Make this year different. Take the time to think about what you can do differently in the New Year to improve your financial health and well being - for life.

  • 10 Step Guide To Starting A Home Business
    If you are ready to take the plunge this year and plan to start a home business, About.com's Home Business Expert, Mindy Lilyquist provides a comprehensive guide full of step-by-step instructions to get you going. From planning to financing, you will find all the help you need.

Make All of Your Goals and Dreams Come True

You Can Achieve Your Goals and Dreams
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  • Achieve Your Dreams: Six Steps to Accomplish Your Goals and Resolutions
    Don't let your goals and New Year's resolutions fall by the wayside. Chances are that to achieve your dreams and live a life you love, those goals and resolutions are crucial. About.com's Susan Heathfield says that goal setting and goal achievement are easier if you follow these six steps for successful goal setting and accomplishment.

  • Goal Setting: Your Guide to Setting Goals
    Want to achieve your business goals? Goal setting is one of the fastest routes to achievement. Yet many of us find setting goals and achieving them a difficult task. Use this goal setting guide to learn how to set goals and actually achieve the goals you set. You can use goal setting as a tool to push you to accomplish what you want to achieve. The secret is in the goal setting formula provided by Susan Ward, About.com’s Small Business: Canada Expert.

  • SMART Goal Setting Worksheet
    Want to make your smartest goals ever for the New Year? About.com's Small Business Expert, Alyssa Gregory provides five individual criteria that will help you evaluate your goal and determine its viability. Here are samples that will help you make sure you're on the right track. Make your goals work for your business - and you - in the New Year.

  • Planning for the Future: How to Set Goals
    It's fairly simple to say that in five years you want to be a such and such. Or in two years you want to earn X amount of money. It's achieving those goals that isn't so easy. Of course the actions you take to accomplish your goals will play a huge role in whether you reach them. But, the way you formulate your goals is extremely important, too. About.com's Expert in Career Planning, Dawn Rosenberg McKay tells you exactly what you need to do to succeed.

  • 7 Steps to Keep Your Resolutions
    How often do you set a goal for yourself and work to attain it for a few months, and then forget about it? It's easy to push goals to the side, especially when they seem unattainable or difficult to accomplish. LaToya Irby, About.com’s Credit and Debt Expert, has a sure fire method to help you reach any goal.

  • 10 Goal Setting Tips
    Would you like to set goals for achievement, rather than goals for disappointment? Goal setting is not an exercise that you can finish in five minutes; goal setting is a process, a route to achievement. About.com's Susan Ward helps you learn how to set goals that you can and will actually achieve with these ten goal setting tips.

More Resolutions to Accomplish in the New Year

Accomplish More New Year's Resolutions
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  • Quick-Start Business Planning
    Did you know that business planning is like water to a thirsty plant? It keeps your businesses vital and thriving. Business planning doesn’t have to be a time-consuming ordeal. In just a couple sessions, you can put together the basics of a business plan that will invigorate your business for the whole year. Susan Ward tells you how.

  • Kick Your Business Networking Up a Notch
    Regardless of your industry, the basics of business networking remain the same: make connections and then, listen well and follow up. This overview of business networking will help you network like a rock star, whether you're a musician or an actuary. About.com's Katherine Lewis tells you how to kick your business networking up a serious notch.

  • Use the 80-20 Rule to Accomplish More
    Quick action that is directionally correct is often much more valuable than precise solutions that require extensive time and study. Thus, people who thrive and succeed in fast-paced work environments are those who learn how to make sound decisions in a hurry, and with limited information. Mark Kolakowski, About.com's Financial Careers Expert, explains in detail.

  • How to Keep Your Job in the New Year
    In the economic chaos prevailing in the world, many employees will lose their jobs. Unfortunately, you could be one of them. Depending upon your industry, the strength of your company, your continued sales (or lack thereof), your employment role, and the decisions made by government officials, the threat of a layoff could be imminent. About.com's Human Resources Expert, Susan Heathfield, tells you how to keep your job.

  • 6 Steps to a Schedule With Flexible Hours
    The best way to get a satisfying, well-compensated, flexible position is to negotiate a more flexible schedule with your current employer. Katherine Lewis, About.com's Expert on the topic Working Moms, suggests the six steps you need to take to negotiate a flexible work schedule for the New Year.

  • Find a Work from Home Job or Become a Telecommuter
    Interested in working from your home in the New Year? Bring your job home this year. About.com's Melanie Pinola recommends these five steps for negotiating a remote work arrangement or finding a work from home job.

  • 75+ Home Business Ideas
    Start dreaming for the New Year about the perfect way to make a home business a reality. About.com's Mindy Lilyquist offers over 75 proven and do-able home business ideas.
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