While I’m personally not big on New Year’s Resolutions (because why wait until January to change your life?) I get the sentiment. I also get that the earth once again beginning to revolve around the sun for another 365 days brings a sense of a new beginnings.

Normally, business blogs would mention all the New Year’s Resolutions for business owners that are all “business-y.” But, as many of us who’ve been business owners for a while eventually come to realize, business isn’t everything. In fact, chances are we’re dropping the ball in other areas of our lives.

And so, here is a list of New Year’s Resolutions for business owners that have nothing to do with business. Or, well, at least not at first glance.

Your health.

At the top of the list of New Year’s Resolutions for business owners is to take better care of our own health.

I am so guilty of letting this slide the last few months of 2016 (as I’m sure most of us are) and I’m feeling it in my body.

You would think that making your own schedule makes it easier to get to the gym or eat healthy, but in reality, business owners are very busy and, more often that not, it’s our own damn fault.  And, unfortunately, often times we’ll make the mistake of putting work over our own health.

So, in 2017, make it one of your resolutions to eat when you’re supposed to, go to the gym even though you have a deadline to work on, and actually get some sleep. Oh, and throw in, “Actually take a vacation” while you’re at it.

Your relationships.

Second on this list of New Year’s Resolutions for business owners is to focus on relationships.

Have you ever heard how running a business will make your relationships suffer? Well, it can be true if you let it get out of hand.

Look, I get it. In those beginning stages of starting a business, it is hard to maintain it all. Really hard. But, as many friends and colleagues have proven to me time and time again, it’s not impossible.

So please, do yourself a favor and stop neglecting the relationships that matter to you. At the end of the day, this is far more important than the number of zeros in your bank account or the next item on your to-do list.

Having fun.

When was the last time you had fun? Like, really had a good time?

I’m not talking about having fun in your business (I get it. You dig what you do. Kudos.), I’m talking about having fun with something that has nothing to do with your business.

If you can’t really remember, then you need to make it a point to add a little more spice to your life. You need to have more fun.

I’m speaking from a place of having learned the hard way. I was a social recluse the first couple of years that I was self-employed full-time and it really did affect my ability to create for a living.

Final Thoughts

At first glance, it may seem like these New Year’s Resolutions for business owners have nothing to do with business, but they actually do. Everything is connected to everything. If you’re taking care of other areas of your life, it’ll reflect itself in your business.




Amanda Abella is a full-time writer who specializes in online business and finance. She's also an online business coach and the Amazon best-selling author of Make Money Your Honey.

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