27 Things Your Business Should Do in 2017 to Make Sure Your Year Is Filled With Profits and Puppies
So, it’s a new year. Again. Where does the time go? It seems like just last month I was taking another unwanted fruit bowl to the op shop (sorry mum) and complaining about Christmas carols (seriously, I’d rather stick a needle in my eye). And yet here it is again. So, to help you kick off the new year with a bang, here’s 27 serious and not-so-serious things you should do in your business in 2017. I’ll leave you to figure out which is which.
- Contact that big client you’ve always been too scared to approach.
- Plan your time off for the year in January. Put it in your calendar, and stick to it.
- Put your prices up. You’ll put more money in the bank and attract clients who are more appreciative of what you do.
- Put a paper shredder outside your office door. Put a label on it that says ‘Suggestion box’.
- Get a business coach, or at least do some training. There are people out there who know more about running a business than you do. Use them!
- Cut down your Facebook time. No more than two hours a day.
- Allocate one day at the end of every month to do all those niggly little tasks that hang around for ages and keep getting put off until tomorrow. You know the ones.
- Thank your clients. Without them you don’t have a business, you have an expensive hobby.
- Review your systems. Which ones need an upgrade? Which ones are no longer relevant?
- Reintroduce yourself to your friends. You may think that working really hard is good for your business, and it is – to a point. But burning yourself out undoes all your good work.
- When you’re in the office by yourself, put on your favourite song, crank it up to 11 and sing along. It’s good for the soul.
- Organise those folders/books/papers that just keep staring at you and you keep pretending don’t exist.
- Review all of your suppliers to make sure they are still pulling their weight.
- Get a puppy for the office. Better yet, get two. Or three. And if you really want to have some fun, get a cat as well.
- Learn how to really understand your profit and loss statement and balance sheet, and use them to help you make better decisions.
- Learn to judge which clients are not right for your business, and politely refer them on to somebody more suitable.
- Open a bank account in the Cayman Islands. Mention it to your accountant. See what happens.
- Develop a social media strategy. Just ‘doing some stuff on Facebook’ is fun but not productive.
- Read at least one business book every fortnight.
- Have a strategy meeting every week, even if it’s just over coffee.
- When somebody asks if you negotiate on price, reply, ‘Yes, we do. Which part of our service would you like to miss out on?’
- At the end of a big pitch from a supplier, cut them off just before the end and say, ‘You had me at “hello”’.
- Become an email ninja. You’ll save hours every week.
- Regularly show your staff and suppliers how much you appreciate them. You’d have a lot of work to do without them.
- Learn to delegate. You’re not the only smart, talented, hard-working person in your company.
- Be professional in everything you do. Don’t let emotions get in the way of evidence, thinking, research and logic.
- Aim for excellence, not perfection. One is achievable, the other isn’t.
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