The Best Tips For Small Business Owners On How To Prepare For The New Year
By Julie Morris
Owning and running a small business can be stressful, especially at the end of the year, when so many projects need to be finished before you can move on to new business. It’s important not to let yourself get overwhelmed during this time of year and to prepare for anything that might come your way in the next several weeks or months. Taking care of yourself is also important, as you can’t expect to do your best work when you’re tired or stressed out.
Here are a few tips on how to finish up those tasks at work and prepare for a successful new year.
The first thing to do is get organized. Clean up your desk and throw out anything you don’t need and go through your filing system to make sure it’s not cluttered. If necessary, create new folders for all the things you want to take care of in the new year.
If you don’t already have one, invest in a good planner or large desk calendar. Write down everything you’ll need to take care of--events, lunch dates, even time you carve out to go shopping for groceries--so you’ll have it there in black and white when you need to reference your schedule. This will help you with time management.
Now is the time to update many things: your wardrobe, your company’s website, your contact list, your media kit, the computer system at work. Create a plan for the coming year and write down anything of importance that needs to be addressed, such as hiring a professional to make a fresh new website for your business, then do your research. This is where relationships with fellow business owners--especially local ones--will help you find what you need when it comes to having outside help.
Think of the coming year the way you did when you were in school. Make a list of all the things you’ll need for daily business--small things, like pens and staples and other office supplies, as well as the bigger things, such as new computers or smartphones--and create a plan for acquiring them. This may be a good time to plan a budget for the new year, as well.
It’s also a good idea to start looking at dates for conferences and other meetings and plan your time off. Travel arrangements can be made if the event isn’t too far into the new year.
Practicing self-care is crucial in these busy days, so don’t forget to get enough rest, eat well, exercise daily, and stock up on your favorite comfort items, such as teas, coffee, and healthy snacks. It might be a good idea to do this in the workplace, too, so your employees can partake as well. Having these little comforts around the office will help boost moods and will show everyone that you care about their well-being.
Running a business takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice, but with a little planning and preparation, you can make the coming year a great one.