1) Look for new ways to ‘wow’ your customers in 2016
Each year, you should be taking the time to think of new ways that you can please your customers that year. Take the time to have a real, sit-down discussion with your entire team. Think about the different ways that you can surprise and impress your customers this year. Business owners often get so caught up in the day-to-day demands of running their business that they do not take the time to sit down and really think about what they can do to impress their customers in the coming year. Above all things, one of the most important ways that you can prepare your business for 2016, is to really take advantage of the new year. This is a brand new year, which means that you are starting with a new slate for 2016. Stay focused, stay on task and take advantage of this opportunity to make exciting new things happen in 2016.
2) Delegate some daily responsibilities
As a business owner, chances are a lot of your day is consumed by little day-to-day responsibilities that could be done by someone else. While it can be hard to let go and start giving tasks to someone else, there comes a time when you need to realize people can be trusted with some tasks. Look at the list of daily responsibilities you currently have and start delegating some of these tasks to other team members. It will help you free up more of your time so you can work on bigger, more important, higher priority tasks. Delegate one or two little tasks, see how that goes, then move to bigger tasks. It will make giving up some of the control easier and show you that there are responsibilities that other people can take off your plate.
3) Evaluate your systems
The start of a new year is a great time to start evaluating and re-evaluating the system that you have. Look at all of the systems that your company has as well as the roles that your team has in implementing these systems. As you look into the details of how these systems are currently operating, make sure to focus on searching for areas that can be streamlined to save you time. You should also be looking for components of your systems that are no longer necessary, and ones that free up more time and energy so that your team can focus on the most important goals at hand and not waste any more time on outdated systems.
4) Start automating parts of your business
A new year is a good time to start an improved approach to your business model. Start automating some of the menial day-to-day parts of your business with new apps and new technology. There is no better time than a new year to make a clean change. There are countless programs and apps available for automating your project management systems, accounting and even marketing and social media. Spending less time on the day to day tasks in these areas frees up more of your time to focus on the big picture and grow your company.
5) Set your top goals for 2016
It’s still the beginning of the year – make a list of things that need to happen in 2016 for it to be a productive year. They must be clear, specific and realistic. After you list them, detail how you can achieve those goals. Be specific and take the time to figure out what you will need to do to improve. Write down as many steps as possible so you have a clear roadmap for what needs to be done in 2016 for your five biggest goals to become a reality.
(Thank you to ‘Entrepreneur’ for the info!)