How To Plan For The New Year: Small Business Owner Edition

by | Nov 24, 2022 | MPS Blog | 0 comments

As we prepare to welcome the holiday season and a new year, business owners have an excellent opportunity to set resolutions for their companies. Taking some time out to do a thorough evaluation is key to identifying which goals will help drive success, growth, and prosperity in 2023. By setting achievable objectives and working hard towards them, business owners can ensure their businesses will have a prosperous year. Success is within reach with the right plan of action in place!

Developing a Marketing Plan and Sticking To It

Marketing can feel like an intimidating challenge for business owners with limited resources, but the effort spent to develop a plan is always worth it. Start by focusing on one channel at a time and perfecting it before moving on to the next. Remain acutely aware of your target audience, be persistent in your approach – consistency is key – and only expand or diversify when you have a solid plan, the time, money, and resources. With patience and a well-executed strategy, your business will reap the benefits of increased growth.

Build a Sales Plan and Define Targets

Creating a sales plan allows you to set measurable goals and objectively track progress toward them. A well-crafted plan allows you to measure your performance and make adjustments as necessary. It also helps ensure that you are on track to meet your goals and objectives. With a sales plan in place, you can develop strategies to maximize revenue, increase customer loyalty, identify gaps in your products and services, and maximize your resources. Setting realistic targets will help motivate you and your team to reach those goals. Additionally, having a plan can also provide guidance when developing new products or considering new opportunities.

Make Financial Projections for the Year Ahead

Creating and implementing an effective financial projection plan is a crucial step in setting up a successful business year. Accurately forecasting future cash flows, budgeting for expenses and estimating sales can help ensure that businesses have sufficient resources to meet their short-term objectives while still having enough left over to invest in their long-term success. With the right financial projections, businesses can make better decisions and be more prepared for unexpected challenges. Additionally, financial projections can be used to secure funding from investors and lenders by providing a detailed overview of expected expenses and revenue.

Start Formally Documenting Your Processes

Formal documentation of business processes is an invaluable tool for any organization. By having formal process documentation in place, organizations can easily onboard new employees and ensure that everyone is working from the same playbook. This leads to better collaboration and more consistent results. Additionally, process documentation can be used as a reference tool by teams when they have questions or need to troubleshoot a problem. Once processes are recorded, it is far less likely that bottlenecks will develop due to only one person being trained on a particular task or procedure. Finally, it allows business owners to create an audit trail so that they can review the results of their operations over time.

Invest in Training and Education

Investing in training and education is an important part of staying up-to-date on industry changes. It enables business owners and staff to learn new technologies, techniques, trends and more, which helps develop skills and stay ahead of the competition. Training courses can be tailored to an individual’s specific needs, allowing them to learn about new technologies and techniques that can help them stay ahead and maintain important certifications and designations. Additionally, taking courses and attending seminars, which offer the opportunity to network with other professionals, can be beneficial for both personal and professional growth.

Develop or Update Performance Management Processes

The right performance management process can encourage each employee to perform their job to the best of their ability. This process also assists managers and supervisors to provide feedback, recognizing strengths and weaknesses, identifying areas for improvement, and setting goals for future performance. Developing or updating performance management processes allows organizations to better track employees’ progress while making sure they are meeting or exceeding job expectations. They can also motivate employees and reward those who consistently exceed their targets. By developing or updating performance management processes, organizations can consistently communicate expectations to ensure all parties are aligned and that there is a dedicated time set aside for communication focused on the individual.

Take Time for Self-Care and Relaxation

Self-care and relaxation are two of the most important aspects that business owners need to take into consideration when running a business BUT are more often than not the first things that are sacrificed.  Nobody is superhuman, nor are we, as mere mortals, able to function at peak performance when working consistently long hours without rest or time to decompress. Regularly taking time for self-care can help business owners stay on top of their game and manage stress better, allowing them to think clearly and make decisions more effectively. Taking a break from work can also provide clarity around the bigger picture, allowing for realistic goal setting and an opportunity to work towards achieving them in a more focused manner. Relaxation will reduce mental fatigue and offer business owners the energy they need to stay driven and remain productive, effective leaders.

There are many resolutions in addition to those listed above that business owners can channel to help them become more successful in 2023. Some honourable mentions worth looking into are:

  • Harnessing technology to improve operations and efficiencies
  • Time management and taking time to plan your days and weeks ahead of time
  • Tidying up! Clean up desks, warehouses, store-rooms, hard drives and wherever you can spot clutter

A word to the wise though, ensure that you are choosing resolutions that are realistic, impactful, will align with your business, and will provide opportunities. This may sound like more work but in the end, should lessen the load and increase the rewards.

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