Last Updated on July 16, 2023 by Monica Snyder
You probably have a personal bucket list… you know, things you want to do before you die. But, how about a business bucket list?
I've started creating one for my business, inspiring me to dream bigger and push harder.
As I created my list, I began to bucket my bucket list into buckets (sorry, couldn't resist). These buckets helped me brainstorm and dream big – that's why I wanted to share them with you too!
Let's jump in!
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First, what is a Business Bucket List?
What are you talking about? A bucket list for your business? Why would I do that? Well, I'll tell you.
A business bucket list lists all the things your business wants to accomplish in its lifetime.
List items could include goals for the business itself or personal goals that the business owner has for running their company.
And, in this post, we're going to cover the some key questions and steps to creating a great bucket list for your business!
Grab a pen and notebook and get ready to create some ideas for your list (you can always refine them later).
#1: Think of Transformations for Your Customers/Clients
Businesses solve problems and create transformations. Think of the transformations you want for your customers/clients. It might even be why you started your business in the first place.
An example? One of my items is to help 30 women become millionaires.
That's a big goal that keeps me motivated when I'm not so motivated!
Take a minute to think about how you want to impact the people you serve. Now, write that down on your bucket list!
#2: Think of What You Want for Your Team
Your business isn't just you! You'll need help along the way and that includes building a team.
What kinds of things do you want to give your team? Some ideas are health benefits, a clear career path, or raises every year.
Better yet, ask them for ideas to add to your bucket list and you might be surprised what pops up!
For me, a 12-week paid maternity leave is on my list.
I created that in a previous company for my team, and I have to tell you that seeing mamas home with their babies in those first few weeks checked all my happy boxes!
#3: Think of Transformations for Yourself
You are the creator of the business and as the creator, you get to dream big for yourself too!
Things on this part of your business bucket list may include getting an assistant to free up your time or bringing home a specific salary.
For example, one of the things on my list is to stack multiple income streams, so I reduce risk to my business and my home life.
Why? Because I've had my income stopped abruptly, and I never want that to happen again to you or me! That's why this one is on my bucket list!
Now it's your turn. What will you put on your business bucket list for yourself?
#4: Add What You Want Others to Say About Your Business
A business bucket list isn't just a list of things or accomplishments. It can also include the type of business you want to run.
For this part of your bucket list, think of the culture and reputation you want for your business.
An easy place to start is with what you want other people to say about your business.
Personally, I want my business to be known for making magic happen, authenticity, and treating people well.
So when others talk about your business, what do you want them to say? Write that down on your bucket list.
#5: Dream BIGGER
I know some business owners create business bucket lists that focus purely on what they don't want.
And I get it! Sometimes you're feeling overwhelmed by all the things that aren't working, or you need to do something different in your business.
But if there are no more problems, then there's no new challenges!
Just like your personal bucket list should include some adventures and goals to always keep life interesting, so too does your business need new challenges and issues to solve!
So grab that pen and write down a few things you want. Give yourself permission to go wild and dream big!!
Now, take it one step further and dream bigger!
#6: Review and Refine Your Business Bucket List
Just like your business never stays the same, neither should your bucket list.
Every once in a while (maybe every quarter or year), take some time to look over your list and see if it's still relevant for where you're at now. If not, remove those items from the list!
#7: Take Action on Your Business Bucket List!
You've got the ideas and dreams on your list now. So, what are you waiting for?
Take action on your business bucket list now!
It doesn't have to be huge. It could be one small step toward the first one.
The point is to be in action because that's where the magic happens.
Let Me Know What's on Your List!
What did you add to your business bucket list? Let me know in the comments below!
And, if you need some inspiration, check out our 53 Bucket List Ideas for Entrepreneurs