New Year’s resolutions aren’t just helpful for personal growth, they are helpful when trying to improve your business as well. As you begin to strategize your business plan for 2015, it is imperative that you establish achievable goals to make the next year more successful than the last.
While it is good to aim high, New Year’s resolutions—both personal and professional—must be attainable. There are many small things you can do as a business owner that yield perceptible results to ensure your business’s success throughout the year.
Here are just five simple business resolutions you can set in the new year to help grow your business:
1. Go virtual
One of the easiest ways to save money in the new year is to go virtual. This is not limited to simply moving to web-based programs like Google Drive and Dropbox. All business tasks, such as customer care, order processing, and schedule management, can be handled digitally. And with virtual office solutions, such as live virtual receptionists and virtual office spaces, you can affordably create the professional appearance of a successful corporation even if you are based in the home.
2. Reduce overhead
Like all business owners, you want to increase profit and reduce operating costs. As a small business, there is a lot to gain from renting office space and meeting rooms as you need it. The lease on an office space, especially in the heart of a major city, can be extremely costly, and oftentimes the need for leasing the space is unnecessary. For a fraction of the cost, you can rent a virtual office space by the hour or by the day in one of many full-service professional business centers, giving you an even more professional image and tools, services, and amenities that might otherwise be out of your budget.
3. Hire quality staff
Perhaps one of the best ways, however overlooked, to ensure a successful business year is to hire a talented staff that is as dedicated to your goals as you are. Of course, sometimes this is easier said than done. Luckily, there are effortless and affordable alternatives to fulfilling this resolution. Rather than spending time and resources training a new employee for your industry, you can hire a live virtual receptionist already familiar with your industry and its requirements and practices, saving you not only precious business hours, but also the cost of hiring a full-time employee. For only $149 a month, a trained professional can perform administrative tasks in addition to call forwarding and screening as well as voicemail and schedule management. The result is a more professional virtual presence and increased customer satisfaction, leading you to more success and profit—now and far into the future.
4. Focus on talents
Your success is dependent on your productivity as a business owner. However, if you try to do everything yourself, you may find that you will burn out and your quality of work will suffer. Instead of taking on every task, delegate what work you can to a competent staff member or a virtual receptionist. Focus on what work you do best while managing your business to ensure that all work is at its best. Your customers will recognize the attention to detail, and consequently, your business will grow due to the improvement in quality as well as morale.
5. Extend your reach
It’s every business’ goal, whether or not it is the beginning of a new year, to expand their business’ reach and bring in new customers. Binding your business to one location and one expensive office lease may be limiting the amount of revenue your business could be driving. Renting meeting spaces not only costs less than a lease, but also gives you the freedom to meet with any client, anytime and anywhere. With over 950 virtual office locations across the world, renting your meeting spaces gives you the potential for unlimited growth.
These business resolutions are simple and attainable. As you create a plan to grow your business in the new year, consider virtual office solutions to free up more of your time and budget, all while improving your organization’s image.
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