It’s time to get a new calendar and set your company up for big success with the best small business New Year’s resolutions for 2018.
The New Year is an inspiring time that brings many of us hope for a positive change. We tell ourselves, â€śThis year, things will be different.â€ť We have second thoughts about having seconds. We set our alarm clocks earlier hoping we have the strength pull ourselves out of bed for that morning jog that will change our whole day. But positive change doesnâ€™t always have to be about our eating habits, physical fitness or morning routines. When you are a small business owner or an entrepreneur, making a positive change in your company can mean the difference between a struggling business and a successful one.
For all of you entrepreneurs and business owners out there, this year we have decided to put together a short list of small business New Yearâ€™s resolutions to help you have a prosperous 2018.
To achieve the greatest success for my business, this year I resolve to…
1)…Review and re-discover my passion for this business.
No matter what business you are in, when you work for yourself, each day is a grind. You donâ€™t get to clock in and out for that easy pay check at the end of the week. Success depends on making sure you complete the sale and collect from each client and customer so you can afford to get out there and do it all again tomorrow. If you arenâ€™t careful, you can lose yourself in the chase and forget why you started this business in the first place. This year, resolve to re-discover what drove you to become an entrepreneur.
A great place to start is by going over your businessâ€™s Mission Statement. Does it still hold true for the company you want to be? Are you still following your mission while you are out there growing your business? If not, what can you do to get back on track and rekindle that fire that drove you to set out on your own. Donâ€™t have a mission statement yet? Now is the perfect time to craft one so you can always remember why you get out of bed every morning to build your business instead of someone else’s.
2)…Improve my online presence.
When you are working for yourself, it can be easy to focus on the more exciting parts of business and neglect the more mundane, yet still important tasks. Fixing issues with descriptions on your website or combing over your Google My Business page to make sure your information is accurate may not sound sexy, but you can bet some of your future sales that it is worth your time.
3)…Be more organized, so I can stay on top of projects and tasks.
Being more effective with your time and energy is the most valuable thing you can do for your business. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to organize your projects and tasks in a way that is easy for you to manage going forward. There is no end to the number of tools out there available for you to help do this, but starting simple and small is often the most effective way to build good habits.
Tools like Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Tasks, and more that all come nicely packaged and integrated with G Suite (Google email for business), can go a long way to helping get you more organized and integrated before you need to consider a more complicated and expensive system that may be more than you require.
4)…Get better at delegating.
As the business owner, priorities like major decisions on how to grow the business and developing key relationships likely rest squarely on your shoulders. This means you canâ€™t afford to spend your time in the weeds handling every small task and conversation that needs attention. In 2018, it is time you stepped into the leadership role you belong in and delegate responsibilities that donâ€™t require your direct attention.
If you are cost conscious and want to avoid the heavy expensive of hiring an employee, consider partnering with professional service providers for things like answering your phones. With a live phone answering service, you can set the parameters of exactly what calls get through to you, while also arming phone agents with the information they need to support the bulk of your callers. Not only will this save you time and money in the long run, but it will also give your callers a polished and professional customer support experience that theyâ€™ll remember.
5)…Take the time to plan strategically so I am not always in reaction mode.
When you are faced with a mountain of tasks that never seem to end, it can be easy to make the mistake of thinking you are too busy to stop work and put together a real strategic plan for your business. The reality is, there is a lot of truth behind the old Benjamin Franklin saying, â€śIf you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.â€ť An article by Entrepreneur Magazine goes in depth to illustrate the many benefits behind creating a true business plan and how this level of planning can help with everything from confirming whether you are on track to meet your goals to laying out a total financial and staffing plan.
Perhaps it wouldnâ€™t be reasonable at the moment for you to take the next few days to sit down with a fine tooth comb and go through that high level of detailed planning for your entire organization. Thatâ€™s OK. Plans, like your business, can evolve. The important thing to do is to incorporate planning into your routine. If you are just getting started, then simply getting your day organized into a list of tasks would be a good first step. If you have the task level of planning down, consider stepping it up to tactical planning for your business that spans out a whole week, a month, or a quarter. Thatâ€™s how you put together a full year of success.
TheÂ calendar may not have flipped yet, but that doesnâ€™t mean you canâ€™t get a head start on one or more of these small business New Year’s resolutions for 2018. Once you experience some of the benefits from these positive changes, chances are that feeling and momentum will continue to snowball into success. As Martin Luther King once said, â€śIf you canâ€™t fly then run, if you canâ€™t run then walk, if you canâ€™t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.â€ť