2014 Business Resolutions
For some business owners there is a sense of relief to leave the year of 2013 behind. This is also the time of year most business owners will outline clear goals and resolutions for what they want to accomplish in the year of 2014. Writing resolutions is often times an exciting part of entering the New Year. In a 12 month outline you can determine all the efforts it will take to make your business grow substantially, and hopefully earn a large profit. The difficult part of any resolution is sticking to the plan for all 12 months! We all know once February comes around it is easy to slip back into old habits.
If you really want to follow through with your resolutions make a public announcement.
There are tools that may enable you to keep up with your new found resolutions. If you are a larger business- make sure that department heads are aware of goals you put in place they can manage your expectations. If you are a small business, set yourself calendar reminders for specific days of the week. For example; is one of our resolutions to get more reviews or customer testimonials? Set yourself a calendar reminder for 1-2 days a week where you will spend an hour calling customers. Scheduling reminders and calendar alerts are a good way to make sure your tasks get done.
If you really want to follow through with your resolutions make a public announcement. Email blasts to customers or announcements on a company Facebook page can make sure you keep these goals. The threat of humiliation from not following through with a public proclamation may strengthen your self-discipline!
Lastly, it’s always important to aim high and have large goals and resolutions set for your business, but those may take months to accomplish and some could take the full 12 months. It’s also important to set smaller goals and resolutions that can be easily tracked and accomplished throughout the year. These small goals will be small but successful victories for you and your business, and more importantly will keep the business moving forward and on track to accomplish the larger goals you have set. To all of our small business owners embarking on a successful 2014 we wish you the best of luck!
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