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The start of a new year is traditionally a time for reflecting on the previous year, and setting goals for the year ahead.
Most of us make personal New Year’s resolutions – but have you thought about making any resolutions for your business?
Taking the time to think of a few goals for the year will give you a chance to assess what went well last year, and what could be improved.
It will help you decide what’s important to you, what you want to focus on and what you want to achieve.
We’ve come up with a few ideas for business New Year’s resolutions that will help you get organised, achieve more and strike the right work-life balance:
Have you been relying on your local coffee shop as a place to meet clients? Nurture a more professional appearance this year by booking meeting rooms instead.
As well as giving off the right impression to clients, you’ll have your own dedicated, private space. This is particularly important if there’s a chance you’ll be discussing confidential information.
Learn something new
No matter how successful your business gets, there’s always something new to learn. Maybe you could do with a bit more marketing knowledge, or perhaps your IT skills are in need of a boost.
Look into taking a training course, or hiring a business coach. Learning in this way will help you develop your skills, widen your network and add a new dimension of interest to your working life.
Get yourself organised
If you find that you often miss or forget to return calls, consider signing up for virtual office services. Taking on a personalised answering service will not only ensure you never miss a call, but also help to give you that all-important professional business image.
Most virtual offices will also offer a mailing address and mail handling, giving you the benefit of a professional address whilst retaining the flexibility of remote working.
Join a networking group
Talking to other entrepreneurs is a brilliant way to share ideas, discuss best practice and make contacts.
Whether you join a general business network or a group dedicated to your specific industry, networking in this way will help motivate you and breathe new life into your business.
Refresh your workspace
If you’ve been working from home or in cafés, it might be time to think about getting your own dedicated workspace.
Hiring a co-working space or dedicated office will revitalise your working life. Being in a new environment often inspires innovative and creative thinking, and having a dedicated space to go to each day will help you stay focused and productive.
Having your own professional space will also demonstrate a level of confidence in your business which will, in turn, instil confidence in your clients.
Schedule time for yourself
As a busy entrepreneur, it can be all too easy to throw yourself into your business and forget to take time for yourself.
Make sure you schedule in time to relax, do things you enjoy and see friends and family. Don’t forget that a healthy work-life balance is vital to the success of your business.