It’s time to wrap up your business for the year. How are you feeling? Maybe you are frustrated with the lack of progress you have made in the last year. Perhaps you are excited for the year to come. Maybe you are just hanging for a break after a full on year.
Well before you know it, the new year will be here. It’s important to start your year off on the right foot so you can create a successful business year and not start off already behind the eight ball. So before you checkout for the holiday break, here’s some ways to get your business ready for 2016.
Tie up loose ends
In the lead up to Christmas craziness, it’s easy to want to just shut up shop and move on. But there are a few things you should do before you say good bye to the year. For starters, you should make sure you tie up any loose ends. Things like closing off invoicing, paying suppliers, catching up on filing, organising your receipts, and backing up your computer files. Don’t forget to let current and prospective customers know if you are not going to be accessible and when you are back on deck.
Clear out the old
Having a clear out can be such a refreshing task and gives you a fresh slate come the new year. So clean your office, delete old emails, documents, and photos you no longer need on your computer or cloud.
Get ahead of the game
If you are planning on kicking back a little over January, it’s a good idea to schedule your posts on your website and social media to cover the period you are taking off. You can also set up your newsletters to run on autopilot using a mail service like Mailchimp.
Review and celebrate 2015
Take a look back at the year that was and ask yourself what your successes were. Think about what worked and what didn’t. Look at where you ended up financially and also what your social following ended up at. If you need some help with this, check out our free Year of Business Greatness workshop.
Survey your customers
While you are reviewing the year that was, it’s a good idea to reach out to your community and get feedback from them. You can use Survey Monkey for free (up to 10 questions). While you are at it, pop a question in asking for a testimonial.
Get your 2016 plan together
Start putting together your plans for 2016. Set your long and short term goals, plan out the actions you need to take and start creating your schedule for 2016. If you need a little business planning help, make sure you check out our free Year of Business Greatness workshop.
Create a process for ending a year
As you are doing all the above, document the process so come this time next year, you will have a step by step for everything that needs to be done.
I’m a strong believer in how you finish the year is how you start it. So take the time to create a successful end to 2015 so that you can build on that success come the new year.