As 2016 approaches, it’s the perfect time to rethink your priorities and plan for how to make your business and your personal life even stronger in the months ahead. Here are five New Year’s resolutions and small business tips owners should consider:
January will bring a wonderful opportunity to create some goals and resolutions for your business to help you better navigate your industry in 2016.
1. Schedule Security Audits
As technology advances, security concerns continue to become a growing concern for small businesses. New data suggests that businesses that experience a security breach will pay about $38,000 in recovery costs. Performing a security audit helps to ensure you have the proper security procedures in place in the event of an attack. Enlist a domain expert for help in identifying your specific risk factors, to evaluate your policies and suggest the precautions you can take to minimize your risk.
2. Improve Your Technology – on a Budget
Maybe this is the year you finally take the plunge and invest money into a ShoreTel phone system for your business (shameless plug, we know.) But we mean it, whatever statement you have been uttering for the past few years that goes a little something like, “we really need to make upgrading that [insert your current need] a priority as soon as possible” make this the year that change happens. Listen to the figures and statistics of how making that improvement can increase productivity. It may be just the change that will drastically improve business operations and overall employee satisfaction.
3. Use More Applications
There are thousands upon thousands of applications that are now available to make your life easier as a business owner – so use them! Often with little or no cost to you, they can help drastically simplify the life of a busy professional so they can get more done, quickly. Check out some of our favorites like Basecamp, Evernote, Uber, and Hootsuite.
4. Make the Move to the Cloud
Cloud technology is everywhere, and it is paving the way for small businesses to compete on a larger scale. From using cloud-based software to entire infrastructure changes that are now cloud-based like ShoreTel Sky, you can have the tools to both save money and enhance your technological abilities at the same time.
5. Show More Appreciation to Customers and Staff
The New Year is a wonderful opportunity to look back on what you’ve been able to accomplish within the business over the past 12 months. With that, you should also think about what it took to accomplish those items, and usually that will center around loyalty to your customers as well as your staff. Take the beginning of the year as an opportunity to thank both parties in unique ways to truly show that you appreciate the way their involvement has helped to grow and scale your business. Think about giving a gift to your staff or a special discount to your loyal customers.
Here’s to a prosperous New Year!