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5 Ways to Prepare Your Small Business for the New Year
December 29, 2016
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5 Ways to Prepare Your Small Business for the New Year

The New Year is almost here! Although the holidays are a great time to sit back and reflect on the previous year, you should aim to make 2017 your business’s best year yet.

In order to achieve your small business goals, you’ll need to begin making the necessary preparations. Don’t start off the New Year feeling overwhelmed; get ahead by considering these five business improvement ideas.

1. Refine your small business budget – Review your business’s financial statements from the previous year, and determine areas that you may be overspending on. Being organized when it comes to your business’s finances will trickle down into every area of your operations, which is why it is imperative that you follow a small business budget. If you neglect your business’s budget, your finances will suffer next year!

2. Brainstorm projects that will boost business – As a business owner, you should always be striving for bigger and better. This means coming up with initiatives that are going to increase your business’s revenue in the New Year. Maybe you want to roll out a loyalty program, so that you can focus on your existing customers. Or perhaps you’re interested in testing new marketing efforts, that will hopefully amplify sales and solidify branding. Regardless of your business’s industry, you can determine business improvement ideas that will help you stand out against competitors, and improve the overall quality of your operations.

3. Recognize employees for their hard work – At the beginning of a new year, take the time to thank employees for their dedication, while motivating them to set new goals. Having committed employees is an important facet of your business, and without them it will be difficult to succeed. Showing your employees that you appreciate them doesn’t have to break the bank, either. These incentives could be a simple card thanking them for their efforts, or a promotion to a role with more responsibility. Employee retention is an aspect worth focusing on in the New Year, so start by showing your employees that you are grateful for their hard work thus far!

4. Consider consistent issues and how to fix them – Don’t keep making the same mistakes! Perhaps your business has a shortage of cash flow, you’ve experienced a security hack or have conducted unsuccessful marketing campaigns. Whatever your issue may be, it’s time to buckle down and consider how you can find a resolution in the New Year!

5. Apply for working capital – Are there small business goals you want to achieve, but you don’t have the finances to make them happen? It might be time to consider applying for additional working capital. By receiving this financing, you’ll have capital on-hand to grow areas of your business that are lacking. It can be frustrating to have big dreams for your business, but be lacking in the resources to execute these plans. Apply for additional working capital, and have the cash you need to elevate your business!

Get excited about the prospects that a new year can bring! By thinking of business improvement ideas that you can implement, you’ll go into the New Year feeling confident about the future of your small business. Have any business resolutions you want to share? Feel free to leave them in the comment section below!

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