“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker
As 2013 comes to a close, it’s not too late to review how your business has done over the past year as well as take a look at what you can do to take it to the next level next year. Regardless of what kind of business you have or the stage of growth it’s in, here is your opportunity to assess, strategize and put a plan in motion to take your small business to the next level.
Here are 5 things you can do that will set you on the way to move your business from where it is to where you want it to be:
Work On Your Business, Not In It
Stop trying to control everything. If you continue to believe that only you can make things happen you will begin to lose out on what can make your business grow. Being tied up in the daily running of your business will prevent you from analyzing how your business is actually doing and what changes might need to be implemented to continue its growth.
Assess Your Business
Now is the time, if you haven’t done so already, to separate yourself from your business. You need to be able to look at the strengths and weaknesses of your business instead of those of yourself and those that work for you. You will then be able to build off your weaknesses and accentuate your strengths.
Be True to Your Business
You had a vision when you first started your business. Be true to that vision and do what it takes to follow it through. If you’ve strayed off track go back to why you started your business in the first place. This will help you right the ship and move your business in a positive direction and make your vision a reality.
Gain a Fresh Perspective on your Industry
End the year by getting a fresh perspective on your industry. Get a better understanding of what is occurring and see how you can infuse new ideas to better help your business. Network at holiday parties, broaden your understanding by reading industry related books, get to know more about your competition, do whatever you can to gain more knowledge that can be applied to your business in the new year.
It’s Not Just about the Money
Chose to make your customers, employees and vendors a priority in the new year. Without customers your business can’t make money. If you don’t treat your customers with care they will take their business elsewhere. If you don’t treat your employees with respect they will not take pride in your business and it will show in the lack of interest they have for it. Treating your vendors with loyalty by occasionally throwing them more business or referrals will benefit you when you need them the most.
Don’t let your business stay stuck in 2014. Do whatever it takes, even seeking assistance, to move your business forward and help make order from chaos.
Get the discussion started: What are you doing to take your business to the next level in 2014? Let us know in the comment section below.
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