The new year provides small business owners the opportunity to improve on their operations and change their fortunes. Here are ten plans of action every entrepreneur must make for their businesses.
1. Develop a Business Plan or Strategic Plan
You won’t get where you’re going unless you know where you want to be and let your employees know as well.
2. Constantly Promote Your Business
You can’t execute one marketing effort each year and expect your business to grow. Plan marketing efforts quarterly or even monthly and plan time for follow through and tracking of results.
3. Create action plans for each person in your organization
Make sure every employee knows how his or her job relates to the company’s overall vision, and that each has individual objectives and goals with measurable standards and timetables.
4. Survey Your Employees
Sometimes the biggest employee dissatisfactions are the easiest things to fix. Know what changes your employees would like to make in their work lives and do your best to increase their quality of work life (and usually their productivity as well).
5. Survey your customers and suppliers
Maybe the way you are doing business is costing you relationships with suppliers and customers. Know what bugs them and make it easy to do business with your company.
6. Set up business performance measures.
Get only those key indicator reports you need to run your business. Don’t waste your time and staff time compiling reports you never use. Know what you need to know to run a successful business, study those reports every month, and use them to take action.
7. Do a human resource compliance audit and stay out of legal trouble.
Unless you have a fully staffed HR department, you may not be aware of all of the compliance laws regarding employees. Have an audit done by an outside professional and prevent problems that could result in million dollar lawsuits by unhappy ex-employees.
8. Know your top 10 customers
List your top ten customers by sales volume and let everyone in your organization know who they are. Know what more can you do for them, where can you find more just like them. Are they in a particular geographic region, of a particular type – what is similar about them? Do everything you can to build on those relationships.
9. Get a coach or mentor, or join a business support group
Build accountability into your own personal planning by asking others to help you turn your dreams into reality. Enlist people who you can trust to give you objective feedback and create deadlines for your planned successes.
10. Make a list of the year’s accomplishments and celebrate your successes with your employees
Don’t forget to acknowledge and celebrate each of your milestones. The best part of creating a plan is to know when you’ve reach your goals, allowing some time to pause and appreciate the accomplishment, and begin to create your next set of goals.
Recommended Books on New Year’s Resolutions for Your Business:
- Achieve Anything In Just One Year: Be Inspired Daily to Live Your Dreams and Accomplish Your Goals
- EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches
- The Road to Destiny: Your New Year’s Resolution
- Year of Action: How to Stop Waiting & Start Living Your BIG, Fabulous Life
- A Year of Living Consciously: 365 Daily Inspirations for Creating a Life of Passion and Purpose
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