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05 Dec 2013

Six Tips for 2014 Planning

With the New Year just a few weeks away and the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to sit down and think about what you can do to have a great 2014. Of course working with your local Growth Coach is a great way to create a strategic plan and dedicated business systems, but here are six tips you can start with right now.

De-Clutter: Take a look at your life AND your business. It’s important to clear your office and business of useless clutter, but it’s also important to de-clutter your schedule. Are you focusing on unimportant tasks? Is that holding your business back? Figure out what tasks you need to focus upon and which you need to delegate to someone else.

Implement Team Huddles: It’s crucial to take time to meet with your managers and employees throughout the week. Try having 15-minute team huddles two or three times a week to discuss the goals, challenges and accomplishments of the week. Having everyone on the same page will provide the whole team with clarity and empowerment.

Focus on Marketing and Selling: Even the very best technician can’t run a successful business without marketing and product/service selling. What are you doing to best market your business? Consider what affordable marketing strategies you can implement over the next year. Here are a few low cost ideas: http://growthcoachblog.com/2013/02/28/5-low-cost-marketing-strategies/.

Stop Worrying: They say you are what you think about, so if you’re worrying, you can’t be focusing on making your business the best it can be. Successful business leaders need to focus on what they want to happen, not what they DON’T want to happen. So stop worrying!

Become Less Important: If you can’t take a vacation from your business, you’re too important. You should own a business, not just a really demanding job!  The Growth Coach can help you figure out what changes you need to make to free you from your business, including implementing stronger business systems.

Say No: To become a more effective entrepreneur or business owner, you must learn to say “no” to people and tasks. You shouldn’t be a chief everything officer or someone who wears every hat in the business. You should OWN the business, not RUN it. Figure out which tasks are most important and delegate the ones that are not.

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