Setting goals is common practice for businesses across the globe. However, unless you have specific goal-setting knowledge and leadership training, you might set vague goals that are set for failure.
- Top New Year Resolutions for Businesses
Below are the most popular New Year resolutions for business success.
A business exists to deliver profit. You can do it the hard way which is finding ways to increase your revenue either by selling more or increasing the selling price of your products and services. The easier way is by reducing operational costs. For example, you can save a good amount of money by price shopping and making an apples to apples comparison of utility providers. This change alone can bring you several hundreds of dollars of your yearly utility bill.
Promote your business
Especially in times of crisis and economic downturns, advertising drops to the end of to-do lists. This is a common mistake that businesses make because if you want new customers, you need to make sure they know you exist. Moreover, they need to know that your offering is superior to everyone else’s. Advertising is essential in marketing your product as the solution for your customer’s needs.
Learn something new
You can choose to upgrade a skill within your existing range or move out of your comfort zone. The only constant in business is change so it’s always better to hop on the train beforehand. Constantly learning will keep you in the loop while allowing you to meet potential partners and customers.
Expand your network
Everyone in business know that it’s not what you know but who you know. Making an effort at expanding your network equates to revitalizing your business and yourself. You never know what you will learn along the way so you can improve your odds of success.
Give back to the community
The rule is that those who give, get. Giving back to your community is the least you can do as this community is the reason your business exists in the first place. 2020 has been a wakeup call for many companies that realized that goodwill is an essential for brand value creation. It’s time to take action.
Don’t invest energy to make the unworkable workable
You have to face the fact that not all your offerings will be best-sellers. What is important is not to get attached to any of them and see their performance objectively. If a technique, product, service or business relationship isn’t working out for you, drop it.
- Tips on Setting Your Business Goals
Whether you are just starting to set your goals or if you are in the re-evaluation process of your existing ones, here are a few tips to ensure you’re on the right path.
Make them quantifiable
If your goal isn’t clear and measurable, how will you know if you accomplished it?
Make them specific
A vague goal won’t get you far.
Make them public
Your commitment will be stronger if you hold yourself accountable for the goals you set. Otherwise, you risk leaving them aside.
Set a deadline
Pick a reasonable date that isn’t too aggressive but that is challenging to motivate you.
Set a measurement and reward system
Make milestones where you can reward yourself for a job well done. Taking the time to celebrate your success is just as important.
3. Steps To Making Your Business Goals Stick
New Year’s resolutions tend to have a bad reputation because of all those people who give up on them altogether. What you need to make them stick is a different approach.
Learn to delegate
You don’t have to do everything yourself. Let go of the desire the control and train someone to help you so you can focus on more important things. We only have a limited amount of energy so make sure you use yours wisely.
Asses your progress on a regular basis
It is essential that you track your progress. Strategizing sessions can make or break a goal as they allow you to amend your approach as needed and perhaps reach your goal even faster.
Know your why
You know what you want, but do you know why you want to accomplish a goal? The “why” is your main source of motivation and it is what will help you stick to your goal during the hard times. Your goal needs to resonate with your business and to you on a personal level. Don’t be too hard on yourself when you fall. All that counts is that you learn from failure and keep going as your ‘why’ will be your fuel until the finish line.
Takeaway – Striking a better work-life balance is essential to increasing your business success in the new year. Like any relationship, it takes commitment and time. Remember, all you can do is your best. If you know what you want and are going in the right direction, then you cannot fail.