As 2014 comes to a close, many people are starting to come up with their 2015 New Year’s resolutions. You may want to join a gym, quit smoking, cut back on sugar, try a new hobby or budget better. But, have you started coming up with some New Year’s resolutions for your business? The New Year is a transformative time for you, but it’s also a chance to analyze your business ventures and put some new strategies and goals in place.
Delegate: Hard to believe, but you really don’t have to do everything. It’s ok to delegate tasks to other employees, so try to let go of a little bit of control in 2015. “Delegation is the key to a healthy work-life balance.”
Promote through marketing: Your business can’t take off if no one knows about it, so make sure that those marketing campaigns become a top priority. The better your marketing, the more exposure your company gets, and that’s money back in your pocket!
Learn something new: It doesn’t need to be business-related, but learning a new skill will make you well-rounded. “Depending on how you choose to learn, you may meet new and interesting people who may become customers, colleagues, or friends.”
Join a business organization or networking group: Join your local chamber of commerce, rotary or other networking organization to help meet people in your community and get the word out about your business. Connecting with other professionals could get you and your business more exposure, fresh ideas and new friends.
Give back to the community: Your local community supports you, so it’s time to give back to them. Find a charity or organization that means a lot to you and spend some time volunteering or participating in a fundraising event. You can even make it a company-wide event. “Make this the year that you serve on a committee, be a mentor, volunteer, or make regular donations to the groups in your community that try to make the place you live a better place.”
Get to know your colleagues: They work for you and you see them every day, but how well do you actually know your employees and co-workers? Find some time this year for socializing. Meet up for Happy Hour, throw a company party and schedule team-building activities. Your colleagues will appreciate it and find it easier to connect with you.
Amp up your social media: Make sure that all of your company’s details are current on your social media platforms. Put together a social media editorial calendar so you can make sure that your social efforts this year are new and engaging.
Read and continue your education: It’s important to stay up-to-speed on industry information, so make it a goal to read some business books, attend conferences or seminars and take some classes. If you’re feeling extra-motivated, maybe it’s time to look into pursuing your bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree.
Set realistic goals: Only you know which goals are reachable for your company, but make a list of things you want to achieve in 2015 that you can work toward. Setting goals keeps you motivated and moving forward and is a great way to grow your business.
Update your software: In today’s age, your business can’t function if your software isn’t up to par. Make sure you know what the most recent version of your software is and that your ERP (Microsoft Dynamics or otherwise) is running smoothly and efficiently.
A new year brings new possibilities and new adventures for you and your business. Let’s make 2015 a great and successful year!
by MetaViewer, Paperless ERP for Microsoft Dynamics
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