The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on what’s working in your business, and to set some goals for the year ahead. Set aside some time to think about your recent achievements, and any current challenges. Think about your work style, too. If you’re like many small business owners, you may be guilty of bad habits that can hold your business back, such as:
This article will help you commit to a few important tweaks to your business that will help you move forward in the year ahead.
Grab a pen and paper and give yourself enough time to answer the following questions. You might want to write through each question, or, if you’re a more visual thinker, sketch out a mind map. Either way, putting pen to paper will record your thoughts, and can lead to insights about your business that might surprise you.
Now ask yourself:
Once you’ve brainstormed answers to these five questions, try to come up with five clear resolutions that will help take your business where you want it to go.
Of course, you may think of more than five changes you’d like to make. Stick to five as your guideposts for the new year, so you aren’t overwhelmed. Then take all those great ideas you generated, and include them in your next business plan update.
If you’re one of the many entrepreneurs out there who wears too many hats, and doesn’t schedule enough time off, consider how you might improve productivity and save time. One possibility might be as simple as changing your bookkeeping practices.
For instance, if you’re still using an outdated accounting system, you may be habitually spending unnecessary hours tracking expenses, and constantly misplacing business receipts you’ll need at year end to claim deductions. An accountant can help you get organized with an improved system to streamline your daily financial management, using technology—such as a cloud-based accounting solution—paired up with proven best practices. As you might already know, we are cloud accounting specialists and Gold Partners to the powerful Xero platform. If you need advice on how to join the revolution and which options would work best for you, please contact us.
Time management is a major concern for most business owners—and better bookkeeping is just one way to save time so you can focus on what really matters: business development, customers, and sales.
What changes are you looking forward to making for your business, to pave the way for a successful year ahead?
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