HOW TO PREP YOUR BUSINESS FOR 2019
2018 is almost over and 2019 is finally here.
By now, most of us already have dreams, visions, and plans for our 2019 and some of us are even already working towards them. You are gearing up for the new year already, but is your business ready for the new year?Whether you are a creative professional or you are an entrepreneur; you are still running a business, and you should treat it as such.
What plans and processes do you have in place for the New Year to make it a great one for your business? Can’t answer these questions?
Here are some tips to help you:
Take an inventory of 2018: Before you plan for 2019, ensure you have evaluated 2018. Were you able to meet all of your 2018 goals? Which of them didn’t you achieve? Why didn’t you achieve them? What are the lessons to be learnt? What would you do differently in 2019? Answering some of these questions would better position you for 2019.
Have a strategy in place: Without a strategy, you can’t achieve your goals. Take a critical look at your business and come up with a business strategy, a branding strategy, as well as a marketing and sales strategy. An effective strategy will help put your business in the right footing in the new year.
Keep your finances in order: Set up an accounting and bookkeeping system for your business if you don’t already have one. In addition, sort out your taxes, separate your business account from your personal account, set up an invoicing system, etc. When you begin to keep your finances in order, you begin to treat your business like a real business.
Set realistic business goals: Make sure your business goals are SMART and realistic. Don’t set unrealistic goals that would tire you out.
Break your goals into tasks: When you set your goals, ensure you break them into monthly, weekly, and daily tasks so they would be easier to manage and achieve.
Review and update your website: Some people forget about this aspect. Your website may have some outdated information you may need to update, replace, or even delete. Ensure you have the right content and contact channels on your website.
Schedule: Do you normally schedule your website, email marketing, and social media content ahead? Now is the time to do so! Scheduling things ahead helps you to save time and get things done faster than you normally would. Some scheduling tools for social media are Hootsuite, Planoly, Preview App, etc.
Back up: Back up your documents and keep things in order!
Set your business up for success!