Entrepreneurs, are you pledging yourself to a new year’s resolution in 2016? If you haven’t come up with a way to expand your business, social, family or startup life, then perhaps this top 12 new year’s resolution list for entrepreneurs will aid you to see the light and buckle down for a prosperous year ahead.
1. Wake up early
World leaders, CEOs, successful business owners, overall entrepreneurs tend to be early risers. According to a 2008 study at University of Texas, students that reported being “morning people” earned a full point higher on their GPA than reported “night owls.” These grades helped them secure better career opportunities. It could help you too in many ways as an entrepreneur.
2. Do more with social media
This point already explains itself. How much presence does your brand have on social media? Find time to schedule updates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. in order to build rapport with your customers. This can give a big boost to your startup efforts this year.
3. Survey your employees
Most times, the biggest employee discontent is the easiest thing to fix! Know what modifications your employees would like to effect in their work lives and strive to maximize their quality of work life. In the long run, this can heighten your employees’ efficiency and therefore, help your business.
4. Talk with other entrepreneurs
Meeting new successful entrepreneurs can give you access to mentoring and networking. You will have the ability to meet dozens of entrepreneurs, from aspiring to seasoned ones by joining business networking groups. Discussing with other entrepreneurs will help you feel a sense of community and sustenance to shape your business.
5. Stick to your manageable, reachable goals
If you haven’t written your business plan, creating one would be a great resolution. If you do have one already, be sure to stick to your goals displayed in it for 2016.
6. Take entrepreneurship and small business classes
When you take time to study something new, you are directly adding significance to your business. Make sure to check both out; free and paid online courses (if you can afford it) that many websites offer. Additionally, be sure to look into any courses that teaches about entrepreneurial topics (for example, business incubators or organizations).
7. Make business planning a priority
It is paramount to focus on your business‘ future achievement throughout 2016. To actively make business planning a main concern, try to plan every morning for thirty minutes or so.
8. Keep learning
There are more ways to continue learning for your business, than just attending business classes. Stay updated on your industry and beyond by reading the latest blogs, books, newspapers and magazines. Other great ways to expand your horizon this year: listen to interviews, turn on an audiobook, and tune into a podcast.
9. Get a business coach
One (almost) sure-fire way to develop your business is by hiring a business coach. Business coaches can help turn your dreams into a reality. Make sure you hire someone that you can rely on to give you objective feedback and create deadlines for your planned successes.
10. Celebrate your victories!
If you and your team have achieved something great, celebrate! Create time for celebratory lunches, cocktails, dinners and parties with your partners and employees. In this way, you’ll be able to enhance the mood and morale of your team.
11. Give back
Giving something back to your community is one of the most important new year’s resolutions. There are many different ways to give back to those who aided your journey to success and there are thousands of organizations that would love your help. Find a cause that you feel passionate about and devote a couple hours a month. This will help you get your business’s name out in the public space and also will help you feel good about yourself.
12. Get a life!
Maintaining a perfect work-life balance is essential for a happy life. It’s vital that you take breaks from your work to enjoy life. Make a resolution to enjoy physical as well as mental vacations from your business every once in a while. Not only is this good for your health, sanity and relationships, but it is also great for business! You’ll gain relief from the stress of growing your business, and once you return, you’ll be reinvigorated with a new perspective on your challenges and opportunities.
What are you doing to make 2016 the best year yet?