The end of the year is a slow time for many business owners, and you may find yourself “sitting on your hands” as you wait for the start of the new year. If the holidays are a slow time for you, it’s important to use this opportunity to undergo a little tune-up, so to speak, and be ready to head into 2017 prepared and excited. We are aren’t talking about lighting incense and chanting in a circle, we are talking about the practical steps you can take to end the year on a positive note, strengthen relationships with clients and mentally prepare for future growth in the new calendar year. Here are a few practical, simple ways you can do this.
- Suggestion 1: Express your appreciation to your clients and customers. If you are able, write little notes of thanks to those who supported your business this year. If this is not possible, find other ways to say “thank you” and cultivate gratitude for what you accomplished this year.
- Suggestion 2: Do the things you have been avoiding. From hiring new personnel to revamping your social media marketing strategy, get everything lined up to start as soon as possible in the new year. Make a list of goals that you want to accomplish before the end of 2016 — you still have a few weeks left to make some serious progress.
- Suggestion 3: Make an effort to recount what you have learned this year. Owning a business, regardless of the type or size, is a constant learn-on-the-go process, and it’s always great when you don’t have to relearn the same things over and over. Sit down, write down what you have learned this year and make a plan to implement these lessons.
The end of the year is no time for business owners to shut down, but a great time to get ready for the year ahead. What are YOU going to do to use these last few weeks of the year to leverage your business for amazing success in 2017?
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC