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New Years resolutions for your business

on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 17:08

First things first, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We've said goodbye to 2013 and welcomed 2014 in with high hopes of a good year to come. Most see the new year as a fresh start, which often seems funny as for many the 1st January is met with a thick head from the night before! However, whether you feel like the new year brings fresh hope and exciting possibilities, or for you it's just another day, the beginning of the year is a great chance to evaluate your business.

For many companies January can be a fairly quiet time of year, of course this doesn't apply to every business, but generally speaking people tend to watch what they spend and avoid any unnecessary expenses. Because of this it is the perfect time to really evaluate your business and plan for the year to come.

We often make New Years resolutions for ourselves; get fit, lose weight, do more with the family. Let's face it many of them don't make it to the end of January let alone the year! But for this year whilst you're making resolutions for yourself why not make some for your business.

It can be invigorating to do, get you excited over your business and give you and any staff you have a new drive to make 2014 an even more successful year.

So, what are you waiting for. Grab a pen and paper and start writing some New Years resolutions for your business. Here's some to get you started:

- Create a clear marketing plan for my business. Use January to devise a plan that works in-line with the calendar year and coincides with important dates for your business.

- Manage my time more efficiently. Allocating your time can really help you manage your time better, for example if you do your own social media, allocate 15 minutes a day to check and update your channels...then leave it be, don't lose hours to Facebook!

- Keep my website up to date. These days most people will "Google" a company to find out more information. If your site is out of date this will reflect badly on you.

- Evaluate and monitor plans and progress. It's easy to lose track of your business and marketing plans. Make sure you allocate time to check progress and evaluate if the plan needs amending or updating.

Hopefully that's given you some ideas for planning your New Years business resolutions. So good luck, and remember the key to resolutions is sticking to them!