Happy New Year! To celebrate the start of 2019, Smart Office wants to help you kickstart your new year with smart resolutions for your small business.
When launching or growing a small business, it can be difficult to see the forest for the trees. Juggling the personalities and critical needs of a tight-knit team while striving to set and attain benchmarks in revenue, growth, and customer satisfaction in your cross-hairs can be quite a challenge.
The new year offers a tremendous opportunity to establish a “reset” point. Whether you are a small business, midsize enterprise, or solo entrepreneur, the team at Smart Office encourages you to dedicate time every day this month to evaluate your business, maintain your work-life balance, and improve your own skills as a leader and change-maker. Keep reading for our suggestions of 31 goals that can help your business grow and improve in 2019.
31 Days of Small Business Resolutions:
Day 1: Set the Bar High.
Make 2019 extraordinary! Set a goal that will force you to open at least one new market this year.
Day 2: Brand Yourself.
What really makes you sparkle? Shine a spotlight on your areas of expertise this year on social media.
Day 3: Give Back.
Reach out to your favorite non-profit to see how your team can help them achieve their objectives.
Day 4: Make a Killer Playlist.
Curate a soundtrack to motivate you during the tedious tasks you usually leave for “later.”
Day 5: Share Mindfully.
Set a daily reminder to share informative or uplifting content via text and social media.
Day 6: Seek and Destroy.
Eliminate buzzwords from your vocabulary so that you have more meaningful conversations.
Day 7: Get Together.
Schedule a fun group event for your team to foster a sense of community and trust.
Day 8: Give Yourself a Break.
Plan your vacation, staycation, weekend retreat, or unplugged days and let your synapses snooze.
Day 9: Follow the Money.
Find five NEW people whose success you’d like to emulate, and follow them on social media.
Day 10: Make Reading Fundamental.
Reach out to a mentor and ask for their best book suggestions. You are what you read.
Day 11: Decompress.
Research and learn a new relaxation technique this year to preserve your peace of mind.
Day 12: Know Your Margins.
Commit to tracking all expenses – even “personal” use, like gas and meals on-the-go – for 30 days.
Day 13: Cut It Out.
Identify a subscription that’s weighing down your bottom line and cancel or downgrade.
Day 14: Polish Your Tiara.
Make a commitment to only post, share, or comment positively for three days.
Day 15: Embrace Your Customers.
Choose five customers to check in with this month and ask them about their journey with you.
Day 16: Grow Local.
Join your local Chamber of Commerce to find out about local events and get your business listed.
Day 17: Be More Vulnerable.
Ask three customers who’ve cancelled why they stopped using your products or services.
Day 18: Set Some Boundaries.
Establish business hours and days that help preserve a balance between work and quality of life.
Day 19: Establish Your Mission.
Update your mission statement, motto, or tagline to reflect your 2019 goals.
Day 20: Embrace Your Nostalgia.
Set a goal to sell one legacy product or service you haven’t sold in the last year.
Day 21: Clean House.
Don’t let your pitch gather dust. Revise your sales scripts every few months.
Day 22: Reconnect.
Ask people who you did not connect with in 2018 to give your products or services another look.
Day 23: Take It Week-By-Week.
Commit to a day and time, every week, when your team can plan the week ahead together.
Day 24: Speak Up.
Don’t by shy. This year, reach out to suppliers if you see opportunities for them to improve.
Day 25: Learn From The Best.
Identify two people you consider effective leaders and subscribe to their podcasts.
Day 26: Think Fast.
Was there a difficult decision you put off in 2018? Stop deliberating and take action.
Day 27: Be a Good Neighbor.
Grow your reputation by engaging with your community during festivals and trade shows.
Day 28: Try Adding Value.
You can beat Amazon. Brainstorm ways you can add value to your products through service.
Day 29: Delegate More.
You are amazing! But you are not alone. Delegate a task that overwhelms you.
Day 30: Get Smart.
Enroll in a training certification, webinar, or class for software you use frequently.
Day 31: Revisit Your 5-Year Plan.
Dig out your five year plan and set new long-term targets for yourself and your business.
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– Miranda K.