The end of the year is a good time to reflect on your business' progress over the past year and plan for future goals and objectives.
We have compiled a list of top New Years resolutions that you can implement for your business and continue to grow in 2019 and beyond.
1. Spread Tasks Around
When running a small business, there are many different tasks that pop up, and it's easy to delude ourselves that we need to do all of them. Allow someone else to do some of the tasks and spread the responsibilities around. Be prepared to delegate amongst your business and don’t overburden employees. This will help take some of the weight of your shoulders and feel less overwelhmed.
2. Promote Your Business Regularly and Consistently
Ensure you have promotions at the top of your list this coming year. There are ever-changing trends and promotions tools that you can take advantage of such as SEO marketing. Take some time to set clear and achievable objectives for your marketing team, and review them each quarter or so. This will allow you to realise business growth and determine which marketing channels fit for your business and target audience.
3. Make Business Planning a Weekly Event
You should constantly be planning and reviewing all facets of the business. Create a hub where you can manage and review key priorities of your business such as a shared calendar or document for your employees to collaborate with. This will allow you to prioritise key tasks and help you meet deadlines more efficiently. You may want to plan and review with a handful of employees once a week.
4. Learn Something New
It’s always a un and rewarding experience to learn a new skill and add to your business repertoire. Careers and job positions in todays landscape now feature a requirement of varied skills. Stepping outside of your comfort zone may seem scary at first, but you will build networks, expand your skillset, and stay relevant to business trends. Find a friend who may want to join you, and this will make it less fearful.
5. Embrace Technology
Talk about how quickly technology is evolving and that small business owners need to constantly embrace new tools and better ways of doing things. Drop RosterElf as example...saving hours per week so you can focus on what matters.
6. Put Time for Yourself on Your Calendar
It's very important to maintain a healthy work-life balance and refresh your mindset. All work and no play is a recipe for mental and physical disaster. You should always make time to do the things you enjoy the most.
7. Set Realistic Goals
Write down a list of small, achievable goals. They can be very basic and will help build a healthy momentum. Once you start to smash out your goals, you can test yourself and start to work on bigger challenges. Review and prioritise your goals each week or so, and jot down the ways you can achieve them.
8. Don't Worry so Much.
Business is an infinite game whereby you will experience some highs and some lows….what seems like end of the world usually isn’t. Accept that there may be better products or services in the marketplace at a given time. But always ensure you have put in more effort than yesterday and focus on the people in your business (employees and customers).
To a Better Year
Achieving a healthy work-life balance is like maintaining a good relationship; you have to keep working on it.
But if you apply these top New Year's resolutions throughout the year, you'll not only feel better - you’ll have more energy to put into your business and make it the success you deserve.
Customer Success @ RosterElf