New Year’s Resolutions are designed to inspire you to think about your goals. In addition to your personal goals here is some inspiration for your business to add to that list!
Loud and Proud
Go out all guns blazing in 2013. Promote your business regularly and consistently throughout the year. While paid for marketing is a great way to drum up business, old fashioned word of mouth is a cheap and easy way to bring in new customers. Make promoting and shouting about your business a key priority for 2013
Meet yourself Weekly!
Time is the most precious commodity we have and using it wisely is a key to driving your business forward. Taking time each week to review your activities, adjust your plans and monitor your progress is a worthwhile investment to grow your business. It can help you feel more focused and in control on what and how you are spending your time and resources. Make that appointment with yourself…who knows what will happen!
Make hard decisions
Be honest with yourself about what is not working in your business. Make the hard decisions and stop doing the things that are not working. If there are relationships, hardware, software, customers, providers etc that are not productive, know when it is time to drop them and focus on the parts of your business that do work and can drive growth.
Learning new skills, listening and learning from others can help inform and inspire new business thinking. There are so many tools, apps, training and events that can help keep you innovative and inspired about your business and customers. If you don’t want to leave the comfort of your own business TedTalks.com (or app) is a great way to get 5-15 minute inspirational talks from experts around the globe to inspire new thinking.
(Our Very own Noel Davidson gave a TEDx talk in Norway just before Christmas on “Thinking Differently” which can be viewed here:-
Join a good local networking or business group. It is a great opportunity to talk to other business owners about their business, sparking new ideas and making valuable business contacts. It is a great way to spread the message about your business and gain valuable insights into how to move your business forward.
Make yourself a priority
Most small businesses rely on the owner to generate income and customer. While working hard to achieve your business goals is essential it is also important to take care of yourself. All work and no play can make you not only dull but also run down and ineffective. Schedule in time to recharge and refresh your batteries so that you can give yourself and your business the best opportunity to thrive. Customers also tend to like happy and enthused business owners so it is a win win activity!