As promised on Monday, over the next week I’m going to list 10 resolutions that, as a small business owner, you might consider adopting. The reason? Part of developing business EQ is being able to acknowledge where you are — in terms of your professional life — and where you could work on improving. So herewith: Business EQ’s Top Ten Small Business Resolutions.
Number 1: Get Organized
Maybe you’re one of those people who easily organizes every nook, cranny, and corner of their business life. More likely, if you’re like most of us, some aspects of your business are super organized and other aspects are not. Maybe it’s that one supply closet that’s a wreck. Maybe you’re behind on your book-keeping. Maybe your marketing plan is sort of, um, unplanned or your employee guidelines are a mish-mash. Maybe that “to file” pile has turned into a mountain. Whatever the nagging area of disarray, commit yourself to working on it this year (maybe even this weekend) and getting it under control.
Number 2: Learn A New Skill
In order for your business to grow, you have to grow, too. Identify one skill that would help you get more work/profit this year and commit to learning it. Such skills might include using a digital camera (so you can upload photos of your products); creating a website; putting together better window displays; improving your woodturning skills; mastering puff pastry; developing an e-newsletter; building strawbale houses; or proofreading. Classes abound in just about every area of professional development you can imagine.
Number 3: Join One New Networking Group
Note the emphasis on “one“. Find one professional or civic group that has meetings (or, for the really shy, on-line forums) and start attending them. In addition to being able to advertise that you’re a part of a professional group, you’ll make contacts and attend informational meetings that may help you in the long run.