The New Year is here which means it’s time for business owners to start strategizing for how they will make 2017 more profitable and more successful than the year before it. (We’re in the thick of it with such a crazy year last year!) Our 2017 business checklist should help. Although organizing your plan will likely require specifics pertaining to your business and its unique needs, there are several impactful ways business owners in every industry and niche can work toward building better business operations.
As the year draws to a close, it’s a good time address your small-business needs, and to think about how to scale up operations for next year. Although growth is a good thing, it can be tough to keep up with. Keep reading for three valuable themes to help you effectively balance growth and your small-business needs for 2017 … without losing your mind or your profits.
Struggling to set your 2017 SMB marketing budget? Many small businesses are grappling to keep up with the constant challenges and changes of digital marketing, and so are their budgets. The misconception that some marketing tactics — especially social media marketing — are free, only adds to the unrealistic expectations SMBs face when trying to calculate budgets. Here’s what our research indicates a healthy SMB marketing budget should be in 2017.
One of the best ways to boost the efforts of your creative team is to introduce employees to fresh ideas and perspectives. Although bringing on seasoned professionals is a fantastic way to build your leadership team and fill positions that require industry experience, sometimes the best and most cost effective way to bring new ideas to your team is to seek out young professionals looking to gain on-the-job experience. If you’re looking to jumpstart innovation, building a team of interns to support your creative team’s efforts could be something to consider for your 2017 hiring agenda.
You may not know what guilt scheduling is, but I can almost bet you’re a victim of it. Guilt scheduling is what we do to ourselves after a vacation or day off. We cram the next available business day or days full to the brim with meetings and make-up work, zapping us to the core. If you are a business owner or just a busy professional, here are the signs you’re guilt scheduling is getting the best of you.