Your small business is like your car. It needs regular servicing to keep it running smoothly.
With the year rapidly drawing to a close, now’s the time to give your business a tune -up.
Here are 8 tips that’ll have your company running like a Rolls Royce in 2013.
Take a hard look at what’s not working in your business and drop it. It might be a marketing approach that has failed to generate leads. Or it might be fees that are too low to sustain your business.
Similarly, look at what’s working. How can you do more or improve on your success? Maybe your speaking engagements have been a great way of getting new clients. Consider offering more.
Finding it hard to find the surface of your desk? Are there file folders and books stacked on the floor? Actually, it’s beginning to sound a lot like my office.
You’ll feel more organized and on top of things once you get rid of extraneous stuff. You don’t have to be a fanatic about it. A little order and spaciousness can go a long way. Set aside a few minutes a day and you’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish.
Just to let you know I’ve started my own decluttering. I do have a desk!
If you keep your receipts in a shoe box, it’s time to consider a bookkeeper or an accounting software program.
It’s critical that you have a clear picture of income, expenses, and profit. Without an ongoing snapshot of your financials you’ll never be able to accurately assess your company’s health.
Being a successful small business owner requires constantly upgrading and learning new skills. Look for webinars, tutorials, expert speakers, and courses that will make a difference to your performance in 2013.
For some great online training sites of interest to personal historians click here.
There’s a wealth of information and support to be found in professional and small business associations. For example, if you’re a personal historian and haven’t yet joined the Association of Personal Historians, make sure to join today.
Without a road map you’ll never know where you’re going. Look ahead at the coming year and write down your goals. Keep them realistic. Grandiose plans are sure to fail and will leave you discouraged.
Check out Really Simple Goal Setting for some excellent help.
If you don’t have a website or blog, get one. If you have one, it’s time to take a critical look at it. How fresh is the content? How easy is it to navigate around the site? What’s missing? What can be discarded? How professional does it look?
You can find more on building a successful blog here.
A healthy business needs a healthy owner. It’s easy to neglect your own care when working hard to make a success of your business.
Make certain to schedule time for you in your day planner. Whether it’s going to the gym or for a walk, meditating or reading a book, you need to give yourself permission to relax and recharge.
For more articles on taking care of yourself check these out:
- How to Stop The Clock And Make Time for Yourself.
- How to be Self-Employed and Stay Motivated.
- Are You Part of “The Great Vacationless Class”?
What are the things you do to get yourself and your business ready for a new year?
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