It’s a new year. What better time to take a look at your business, set some achievable goals and position yourself for success in 2016?
Go for a run every morning. Stop eating chocolate. Enjoy a healthy breakfast. Personal new year’s resolutions are often unrealistic. Now we’re nearing the end of January, how many of your own are you still upholding?
When it comes to business resolutions, you need to think hard about what’s achievable and how to make it happen. A set of carefully considered business goals can be your blueprint for the year and help take your business from strength to strength.
But where to start? Here are some suggestions to help you get going.
Look after your staff
Nurturing talent and staff welfare has fast become a ‘hot topic’ for all organisations, with many looking to improve internal collaboration. Make 2016 the year you get the best out of your employees – consider improvements to your employee benefits package, or supporting your team in establishing a great work-life balance. After all, remember that it’s your employees who will drive the success of your business.
Time to upgrade?
Take a fresh look at your business technology. Is it still up to scratch? An outlay now on more up to date technology could speed up key processes, saving you money and resources in the long run.
Batten down the hatches
Make sure your network is fully protected against viruses and hackers and is sufficiently backed up now. As we all increasingly make use of computer systems, it’s essential that the data stored on them is secure.
Don’t be a stranger to your customers
The beginning of the year is the perfect time to revisit customer relationships. Ask customers how you’re doing and how you might make improvements. Ask for honest feedback and don’t take it too personally. Just promise yourself you’ll strive to improve. Our guide is full of insights to help small businesses find new customers and improve relationships with existing customers.
Update your site
When was the last time you refreshed your website? Has the content been changed recently? As a constantly evolving technology, websites can quickly look dated. Your website is often your first point of contact with customers, so make a pledge to spruce up your site if it’s needed.
These are just a few examples of how you can use the New Year as a stimulus to help make 2016 the most prosperous year you’ve ever had.
What are your business goals for the year ahead? Let us know in the comments below.