As we well know, a new year is an opportune time to start afresh in our lives, but it also offers the chance to take a step back and view our businesses with fresh eyes. We’ve got five solutions for business owners to consider as we move forward in the year.
Set goals (big and small ones)!
Setting goals is a great way to keep yourself on track for the new year. But don’t just strive to accomplish the major goals, take note of the smaller goals – they matter, too! Keep a physical list of your goals so by the end of the year you can see all that you’ve accomplished! (And of course, view them when you might need a pick me up.)
Social media is a great place to grow your business and connect with those already part of your business family. By frequently posting and engaging with others on social media, you are showing that your business is a living, breathing entity. Your social media is just as much a part of your business as finances – so make sure you’re out there building your brand!
Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize!
As small business owners, every day brings a new challenge. Some days it may feel as if you’re constantly putting out fires. When things feel as if they’re piling up, take a moment to look at your to-do list and prioritize what absolutely has to be done and move on from there. By doing this you’re giving yourself a blueprint to get those fires put out!
Prioritize yourself and your family.
It can be hard to find a work-life balance as a small business owner, especially for those with no employees. Try to find a way to balance your work life with your personal life. To avoid burning out, schedule time for yourself to recharge mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Being refreshed and recharged allows you to think better, but it also keeps your drive and passion for your business heightened.
Be active in your community.
Find ways to be a part of the community that supports your business! Participate in local initiatives that other businesses may participate in. Also look at other charities or nonprofits where you may be able to step in. People want to belong to a community and know it’s members, so make sure you are out there for people to know!