Every January, we sit down and search for ways to better our lives, our selves, and—in the case of business owners—our businesses.
Improving upon our businesses is a never-ending process, but the New Year affords a fresh chance at shifting our mindset and finding new ways to do just that. In today’s blog, we will be sharing a few simple ways to effect big changes in how you do business. Take a look!
Know your goals
Too often, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day process of running your business that you forget what you’re really working toward. Is it a chance to retire early? The opportunity to expand beyond your local region? By keeping those goals in mind, you can use them to guide the decisions you make every day.
Be open to new techniques
Another byproduct of a routine rut is that you forget to try new things. It’s as important in the world of business as it is in your everyday life, like when you try out a new dish at your favorite restaurant. You might hate the dish, but you’ll at least gain a better understanding of what you do want!
The same holds true for business techniques. Be open to new ideas and suggestions from your team—even if they don’t work out, you will still gain insight and the understanding of how your business operates best. That’s valuable for any business owner!
Keep records of what works—and what doesn’t
When you document everything—the successes and even the failures—you can use those records to make plans for the future. You can be a restaurateur who photographs and logs recipe attempts for future reference, or a corporate professional who’s learned the best (and worst) ways to hold onto clients. Either way, you’ll appreciate having tips, reminders, and case studies documented for you and your team to lean on!
Thomas Edison was onto something when he said “I have not failed 10,000 times—I’ve successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.”
Take the personal out of business
Removing your personal ideas from your professional endeavors seems near impossible—especially when you’re passionate about the work you’re doing, or want to provide for your family through running your business. But when you find yourself particularly stuck on a specific situation or tough decision, it can be helpful to remove yourself from the situation and consider whether those personal ideas or experiences are keeping you from making the right call for your business.
We hope that these ideas help you accomplish your business goals (and then some!) in 2017. Call BizVolusia today to see how we can help you along in your business journey.