In business you can’t afford to stand still. It’s vital to keep ahead of the competition, so now is a good time to set yourself some New Year resolutions.

Just after the end of the year is a good time to reflect on your business’ progress and development, and to plan how you want it to grow. Even if you don’t think New Year’s resolutions work, having goals for 2017 might help you achieve them – goals and resolutions are essentially the same thing. Our list of New Year’s resolutions for business are designed to help you succeed next year.

  1. Make business planning a regular activity

Planning is so important for a growing business, and is the way to adjust current goals or set new ones. So why do it just once or twice a year? Set aside time each month to review, adjust and make effective progress. Not only will this keep you on the right track, but you’ll feel more relaxed and focused.

  1. Promote your business consistently

Promoting your business can fall to the bottom of your to-do-list when urgent tasks keep popping up. If you want to attract new customers, promotion needs to be a priority. Make a New Year resolution to hire a marketing expert, or put some of your own time aside to create a marketing plan to implement.

  1. Delegate more

If you’re like me, you find it difficult to delegate. Sometimes it just seems easier to do it yourself, yes? But if you’re bogged down in tasks rather than working on the bigger picture for your business, you can’t expect to achieve growth. Delegation is the key to a healthy work-life balance for you.

  1. Learn something new

When it comes to running a business, there is never enough that you can learn about. Learning something new, whether it’s directly related to your business or not, will add to your skills and is an important part of achieving a healthy work-life balance and increasing business success.

But how will you find the time to learn something new? By delegating of course! Remember?

  1. Join a networking group

There’s nothing like interacting and talking to other business people for inspiration and new ideas, as well as making contacts. Whether it’s a group specifically created for networking, or an organisation designed for a type of business or industry, over the internet or in person, making the effort to be part of a group will revitalise you and your business. Having lots of contacts can come in handy.

To a new and better year

By applying these New Year’s resolutions throughout the year, you’ll not only feel better but have more energy to put into the business and make it the success you deserve. Happy New Year!