New Year Business Resolutions
11 December 2012

New Year Business Resolutions


Barry Chignell

Barry Chignell

Barry Chignell worked in Ciphr's marketing team from 2012-2020.


Leadership and management


It is likely that most people will be making a New years resolution, and attempting to stick to it come 1st January, at least for a couple of days!  But what about resolutions for your business?  Below is a selection of resolutions for 2013 that, if kept, will enable your company to move forward towards 2014.

Resolutions For the new year

  1. Get social – Social media is here to stay.  You may love it, you may hate it, either way, you need to include it in your marketing strategy.
  2. Listen to your clients  – You wouldn’t be in business without them, so their opinion and feedback counts.
  3. Invest in people – Training, personal development and wellbeing are all areas that are vital in maintaining a successful business, worth the investment.
  4. Believe in what you do, and WHY you do it – Believing in why you do what you do (and communicating this to your clients) is essential.
  5. Introduce a refreshing element to your offices – Whether this be a new benefit or an employee recognition scheme, a change is as good as a holiday.
  6. Talk – Take time to discuss strategies, problems and successes with your employees.  After all, they are part of your business.
  7. Set realistic objectives and goals – Having realistic goals gives your business, and your employees a clear target to work towards and exceed.
  8. Embrace change – Things change, new technologies come along.  Embracing these, rather than resisting them is what will keep you on top of your game.
  9. Network – Welcome, and do not immediately dismiss offers of partnership or new business propositions.  Visit clients more (face to face) and get to know other businesses local to your own.
  10. Learn something new – For your own personal development, learning something new could be the start of something big in your personal life or for your business.
  11. Give something back – As part of your marketing strategy, create more offers and competitions for your clients.
  12. Get in the local paper – As a business, take part in fundraising, fun days and local events.
  13. Concentrate on green – Try to adopt a green approach to business.  Print less, carry out more demonstrations online rather than face to face and reduce travel.
  14. Love those that may not love you – Strive to become more friendly with difficult clients.  This may hurt and is a true test of caliber.
  15. Help colleagues more – Take more time to help colleagues.  When you need help, they will be happy to assist.
  16. Trust your judgement – Sometimes you have to take risks to succeed, trust yourself to take those risks.
  17. Get creative – Think more creatively.  Try a different approach.
  18. Balance work and life – Separate your work and social lives.  Thinking about business constantly is not good for you.
  19. Turn your hobby into a passive income – Whether you run a website or make cakes, try to build your interest into a second income.
  20. Enjoy yourself more!