We’re always making New Year’s resolutions for ourselves, whether it’s to get in shape or to kick an unhealthy habit. But if you care about yourself enough to want to turn over a new leaf, surely you feel the same way about your business too? Whether you’ve just launched your start-up or you’re still in the planning stages, here are some goals to get you inspired in 2017.
MAKE YOUR MARK
Why not start things off with a bang? No matter what stage you’re at with your start-up, resolve to make 2017 the year that you get noticed. If you’re pre-launch, make sure that you’ve got a fresh and innovative marketing plan in place to get your voice heard. Or, if you’re in the later stages, think about how you can improve your business visibility and get people talking about your business in the coming year.
All too often, we stumble through the business year without a clear idea of where we’re going – and how we might tackle the hurdles we find along the way. This year, boost your start-up’s success by developing a clear month-by-month strategy detailing what you want to achieve in 2017, and what steps you need to take in order to get there.
Are your big ideas screeching to a halt every time you log on to Facebook or click on the latest viral meme? Why not make 2017 the year you boost productivity by taking steps to minimise procrastination in the office? You can block or restrict access to social media during work hours using tools like StayFocusd and Cold Turkey, or take your pick from a wide range of free productivity app designed to cut down on time wasting and help you achieve your goals.
EXPAND YOUR CIRCLES
All relationships start to go stale if they get too comfortable for too long – so why should your working relationships be any different? In 2017, why not mix things up a bit to get those creative juices flowing? We’re not suggesting you replace your entire team, but a change of location to a co-working space or virtual office can be a great way to meet some new people who could take your business in an exciting new direction.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
2017 is a brand new year, so why not use it as an excuse to explore a different side to your venture? You don’t need to reinvent your entire business plan, but it’s a great time to consider what new products, expansions or collaborations might work well over the coming months. The sky’s the limit – so don’t hold back and make this year your best one yet.