While it may seem like it’s “just November,” it’s actually time to light a fire and start planning your strategy to build your company in 2014. Before you know it, it’ll be January, and you’ll be without a plan. Start now and you’ll have less work and stress when the new year rolls around.
1. Assess and Set Your Goals
If you made resolutions this past January, it’s time to take a look. Did you accomplish all of them? Were you completely off the mark with a few? Consider which ones you want to aim for again in 2014, and which you can remove from the list.
Then, what new goals do you want to achieve next year? Maybe increasing revenues by 25%? Hiring more staff?
2. Consider Your Staffing Needs
Examine each of your staff (if you have any). Are they consistently getting their work done, or are they drowning in paperwork? If it’s the latter, it may be time to hire more employees. Outline what roles you need filled, and decide if it’s something a freelancer, part-time employee, or full-time employee can do.
3. Look at Your Products and Services
Analyze what you sell. Are there any products that simply haven’t sold as well as you’d like? Consider culling them from your product list and focusing on the successful products.
Do you want to add any new products or services to your line next year? If so, now’s the time to start planning.
4. Assess Your Marketing Plan
Because marketing technology changes so rapidly, you should be looking at your marketing strategy several times a year. What needs updating? If you still have MySpace as a marketing channel on your plan, it’s definitely time to revamp what you’re doing.
5. Talk to Your Employees
You don’t have to determine your business’ path toward growth alone. Talk to your staff and see what insights they have to grow the business. Likely, they have ideas you wouldn’t have thought of that will help you grow your company.
Growth should be a regular part of your operational role, but if you push it to the side, carve out time, like now, to really dig into how you want to succeed in the coming months.
Want more tips on how to prepare for growth next year? Attend our free webinar, “10 Things You Should Do To Grow Your Business in 2014” on November 20,2013, at 1 pm Eastern, 10 am Pacific.