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Friday, 16 January 2015 11:59

Small business to-do list for January

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2014 is gone and 2015 is here. It’s time for a fresh start where we can put the past behind us and fulfil our resolutions. Get in shape, eat healthily, and work harder.

 

In theory, resolutions are great but how many of us actually stick to them? So how can you ensure that you actually accomplish your goals for the year? Why not do what so many people do every day – write a checklist and tick off our goals as you go!

A checklist is efficient because of the instant sense of gratification you get when you complete a task – instead of having a goal that will take a year to complete!

Add these tasks to your to-do list; get started on them right away, rather than waiting to work on them later in the year and you’ll stand a much better chance of achieving your goals.

Establish a plan for the year and involve your team

Whether you’re planning marketing activity or finances, kicking off the year by including your team in the planning stage will improve the communication flow in your business and give staff morale a boost at a time of the year when it’s most needed.

Get your team excited and raring to go

Leaving the festive holiday behind can be difficult for everyone, so the sooner you can get your team focussed and motivated the better. Involving them in planning is a good way to start, but there’s a lot more you can do to be the driving force behind it. For example, when did you last arrange one-on-one meetings with your staff to discuss their goals and what they want to achieve? If you can support staff with their personal goals they will be much more motivated to help you achieve yours.

Learn

Take a night class, go to a conference or connect with a mentor. However you do it, learning is the key to success.  Reading more widely to understand developments in your industry or increasing your knowledge and skills now will lay the foundations for success later in 2015.

Trim expenses

For many businesses January can be a quiet time of the year. If this is the case then make the most of the lull and trim your expenses. Having more time will mean you can shop around for the best deals on utilities and telecoms bills and if you can reduce your overheads then you can increase your profits.

 

 

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The information contained on our Blog is intended solely to provide general guidance on matters of interest for the personal use of the reader, who accepts full responsibility for its use. As such, it should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional accounting, tax, legal or other competent advisers. Before making any decision or taking any action, you should consult a professional adviser. While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained on our Blog has been obtained from reliable sources, ‘One Plus One Ltd’ is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. 

 

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