6 Resolutions for Small Biz Managers

January 7, 2015 | 1,910 views

6 Resolutions for Small Biz Managers

6 Resolutions for Small Biz Managers

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s also the best time to take a step back and perform a self-review for you as a business owner, as well as manager of your team. What did you do exceptionally well this year? What held you back from doing better? What are you struggling to accomplish and why?


As a smart professional, you’re already revisiting your year looking at strengths, weaknesses, and new opportunities. With those revelations and lessons learned in mind, it’s time to set a few New Year’s resolutions.


Here are some of the top resolutions you can vow to make to improve your productivity and efficiency as a small business manager.


1. Revisit Goals and Strategies

What worked in 2013 might not have worked as well in 2014. This is your time to find out where you’re performing your best and where you could do better. The best way to do that? Revisit your goals and strategies – and then adjust as needed. You might be surprised at just how effective a few small tweaks can be for your team’s productivity.


2. Schedule Time for Your Self Growth

If you stop learning, you stop growing. Self growth is a fundamental action item that must get included in your annual plans. Find a few webinars to sign up for, blogs to read, or events to attend that will turn you into a better manager.


3. Sell More Often

Sales can frighten you as a manager – especially if you’re already feeling overwhelmed. But when you stop selling, your business suffers. Instead of ditching the sales, find ways to meet your customer needs more efficiently and continue to bring in an influx of new business.

 4. Get Out in the Community

Networking is one of the best ways to find out what people are buzzing about in your community. It’s also a great way to ease the sales process. By forming stronger relationships, everything becomes a little bit easier. You find better people to hire, you get more connected with your community, and selling your products or services becomes a breeze because people trust you.


5. Innovate, Innovate, Innovate

You might have a stellar, in-demand product today, but what about tomorrow? The world moves quickly and if you’re not on the innovation bandwagon, you could get left behind. Start thinking about how you can release a new and improved version of what you sell in 2015 and beat the competition to the punch!


6. Automate What You Can

Part of why small business managers feel so overwhelmed is that they take on too many trivial tasks. There are plenty of tools available to automate portions of your business and free up your workday. Take advantage of these when you can. From scheduling software to accounting applications, managing a business is more streamlined than ever before. Take advantage.


You deserve to be the best version of yourself in 2015! Use these resolutions as a guide for finding your next big idea. No matter whether that involves eliminating some burdensome task, meeting new people, or reformulating your team’s goals, use New Year’s as an excuse to breathe new life into your business.

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