The holidays can be a challenging time of year for small business. Especially for small business providing services. It can get pretty slow.
We all seem to recharge every year. Whether you have personal goals or professional ones, this time of year is perfect for making some decisions and sticking with them. I use this time of year to evaluate my business and see what I can change for next year that will improve my customer relationships, my packaging, and my marketing. Below are a few ideas for you to consider for your business.
1. Get organized. It is so easy to get bogged down searching for things instead of just being organized and know ing exactly where your files are. There are many ways to get organized.
2. Get your goals back on track. Take a look at what your goals were last year and see what you missed or what was successful for you. Then adjust. Make yourself a list and stay focused on what you want to accomplish. In order to be successful, they need to be realistic goals. Make sure you look at that list everyday to keep it at the top of your mind.
3. Learn to delegate. It is hard for us business owners who want to do everything so it gets done right. But you are only one person. And if you are already working many hours during the day, you will have to make some choices. Either work harder and more organized or delegate some of your tasks to someone else. It's that simple.
4. Find one new way of connecting with your customers. Whether you choose to go mobile, social networking or joining a local organization, they are all successful. It is because people like to know exactly who they are doing business with. If you're out and about, even online, meeting new people, you are going to gain awareness.
5. Give back to the community. This is one of mine this year. I have a goal of volunteering at 4 events in our city this year. You should pick where you want to make a difference and really give it your all. But again, make realistic goals. Or you will just disappoint yourself.
6. Time for yourself. Make sure you have time to recharge and refresh. Whether you need one day monthly or a couple of hours weekly. Do what you need to do to stay smart and healthy.
7. Drop what fails. If you have something that is holding your company back, an employee, procedure, product, etc. Get rid of it and make the change to something successful.
8. Shop small. You are a small business. You want people to shop your small business. So shop theirs. Buy local and shop in the small local businesses in your town. You will find the practice reciprocated.
9. Waste Less. I keep this one on the list, because it is so easy to control the waste. Get your statements and bills sent electronically. Reuse items that can be washed.
I hope you are inspired to make positive changes in your business this year. Happy New Years to all, may all your hard work pay off and fill you with warmth and prosperity!
Every story and every picture nowadays has a place for people to comment. And what I've noticed is that people are extremely mean to others through commenting. And I believe it's because they will never expect to meet those people face to face. You are less likely to be rude to someone and tell them what you think if you're standing right in front of them, shaking their hand.
What ever happened to "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" approach? That is something people should take to heart today. So before you write a comment about how unattractive someone is or what an idiot someone is, maybe you should put yourself in that spot and dig deep in your empathy basket to see if you would appreciate those comments directed at you.
It seems also to be the same old bullying techniques that have been going on for years, only they are public and more humiliating to the target. Does it make that person feel better to put someone else down online. It should make them feel worse.
The world is small and tolerance and understanding is what builds friendships. If you're sitting home alone, bullying other people online.... you need a friend. Someone that will love you for all your positive parts and overlook your faults, not advertise them online.
The basic for treatment... treat others as you would want others to treat you. If you are unable to put yourself in someone else's shoes and empathize with their situation, maybe you should keep your comments to yourself.