5 New Years’ Resolutions all small businesses should have in 2018
We’re all familiar with the ‘New Year, New Me’ attitude taken on by just about everyone for a brief period in the wake of a new year.
Individuals might resolve to run more, drink less coffee or join the nearest gym. But whilst these promises often fall by the wayside, there are some resolutions businesses can make for the new year which might be very useful to stick to…
This year we’ll…boost our online presence
Technology develops so quickly that it’s sometimes hard to keep up. When was the last time you updated the company website? If it’s been over a year since it’s had an overhaul, it could do with a little TLC. You may review it and see that it only needs minor tweaks, but it’s always good to make sure it’s up to date. And what better time than at the beginning of a new year?
This year we’ll…delegate more
Fed up of taking on tasks throughout the day that disrupt the projects you’re supposed to be working on? Chances are this happens to others in the office too. In a small business, teamwork is key. But that doesn’t mean things have to get messy, with everyone swapping tasks. This year, delegate more. Things run much more smoothly when everyone knows what their day’s goal is.
This year we’ll…improve our social media
These days, social media is hugely significant in making a new business successful. It’s the best way to reach out to your target audience and clients and to set up potential collaborations. Get your Twitter, Insta and Facebook cap on and get planning your year’s social schedule.
This year we’ll…get closer as a team
Small businesses thrive on a happy atmosphere in the office, and run much more smoothly when everyone knows each other and gets on well. This year, aim to organise more social events. They don’t have to be cringe-worthy, forced ‘team-building days’, as such. Perhaps implement one day per week when everyone can finish early and enjoy a beer at their desk, or make a monthly mission to get everyone out for an office dinner, lunch or even an activity like rock-climbing. A team that has fun together, stays together!
This year we’ll…learn from each other
Small businesses need to constantly learn and develop their skills in order to grow. One great – and cost-free – way of learning day by day is listening to each other and learning from other people in the office. Try, this year, to organise more brainstorming meetings, and invite a diverse selection of people. You might be surprised what you’ll learn from the people you see every day.
This year we’ll…stop trying to force things that don’t work
Sales method not working well? Re-strategise. Product not selling after months of trying? It’s time for a re-think. One particular client causing you – and your colleagues – too much stress? Get rid of them. This year, stop wasting your money, resources and energy on trying to make the unworkable workable. Instead, invest everything you’ve got to give in new ideas, and reap the results.