Can you believe it? 2016 is almost over and 2017 is just around the corner!
We have a lot of changes that are going to be happening to our country, our industries, and your own personal business. So, what are the changes you would like to see happen in your business? Do you have goals for 2017? Are they attainable?
Let’s look at five things that you should keep in mind when planning for 2017.
1 – Reflect and Plan
Looking back on 2016, how did your business do? Did you meet your sales goals for the year? Did you set any sales goals for 2016? Did you acquire any new customers or clients? Did you lose any? Did you create any new streams of income for your business? Were they successful?
Those are a few questions you should ask yourself. If you didn’t have any of these types of goals set for the year, you should really think about goal setting. How else will you know where you want to end up at the end of the year.
2 – Employee Retention and Growth
Do you have any employees? Do you want your business to grow so much that you will need to hire an assistant or two?
The number one way to retain good employees is to have a great training program. Your employees need to know how to handle any situation and answer any question when they arise. Create a thoughtful training program for a more successful employee.
You will not retain a good employee if they are frustrated because you only give them a little bit of information about the business one piece at a time.
3 – Recruit Quality Talent
When it comes to hiring there is a saying: “Hire slow, fire fast!” Don’t be hasty to hire someone. Take your time. When you have hired a new employee have a probationary period and stick to it.
If you find the new recruit isn’t cutting it, don’t keep them around because you don’t like firing people. You will not be doing them any favors and your business will suffer.
4 – Stay Organized, Be Prepared
I found these great reasons to be organized at work at smallbusiness.chron.com. See if you agree and what changes can you make in your business.
Organization breeds success. A clean and well-kept workplace makes a strong impression on how employees view their jobs. Workers who take pride in their working environment will be more inclined to organize their own desks, clean up after themselves, maintain filing systems and work more effectively together. A clean, tidy working environment can make a positive change in employee morale.
A tidy, organized office and work atmosphere creates a sense of professionalism for both your employees and your clients. It demonstrates a company wide dedication to detail, cleanliness and thoughtful planning to customers and colleagues. A messy kitchen, scattered papers or important files out of order can cause potential clients to form the perception that the workers don’t really take pride in their jobs. As a result, clients might take their business elsewhere.
Safety and Health
A messy company work space can present safety and health concerns. For example, old food kept in a company’s refrigerator can cause workers to become ill because it can harbor some dangerous and even deadly micro-organisms. Make sure ground surfaces are clear of objects that could cause someone to trip. Clean up spilled liquids promptly to reduce slips and falls. Remove clutter. A clean, safe and organized workplace will help reduce workers’ compensation claims.
A chaotic work environment can hinder efficiency. An organized workplace encourages workers to be productive, reduces work-related stress and saves time — especially because employees spend less time looking for things. When you establish an efficient workplace, you establish structure. By doing so, workers are able to accomplish more and generate more business.
5 – Make Sure Goals are Clear and Attainable
Let’s look back at #1 in our list. I want to take each question and rephrase it so you can answer it with a goal.
- My sales goals for 2017 are ________________.
- I want to see my customers increase by _____%
- I want to see my clients increase by _____%
- I am going to start a customer/client appreciation program. I want a retention rate of 100% for 2017
- This year I would like to create these new streams of income: