New Year, New Business!

The Better Business Bureau offers New Year’s resolutions to help rejuvenate your business in 2016.

By: Kelly Trevino

It’s 2016, and we all have our own personal New Year’s resolutions. Whether your resolution is to join a gym, eat healthier or take more vacations, your Better Business Bureau (BBB) encourages businesses to make resolutions that build on successful strategies to rejuvenate your business. Here are some of the top resolutions to incorporate into your business’s plan for 2016:

• Learn how to delegate, and do more of it. Small business owners wear many hats, and this can cause business owners to become overwhelmed. To avoid burnout, create a comprehensive list of tasks, and determine what tasks can be delegated to increase your own productivity. Set aside time for your own personal recharge or refresh, too. Your business will thank you.

• Continue marketing, and incorporate promotions. To grow your business in 2016, remember to keep promotions and marketing efforts fresh. Take the time to create a monthly marketing and promotions schedule that incorporates special offerings, advertising or special events and stick to it. If marketing isn’t your area of expertise, consider hiring a marketing expert, whether on a contract basis or a fulltime staff position.

• Join a new business organization or networking group. Speaking with industry colleagues can give you new ideas and create connections to position you as an industry leader.

• Set realistic goals. What does success look like for your business? Do you have an annual revenue goal? Do you want to grow your customer base by 25 percent in 2016? Are you looking to expand your service area? In 2016, set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-based) goals and plan what strategies you need to employ to achieve your goals. Smart short-term goals can be the key to long-term success.

• Make customer service a priority. Providing great customer service and asking for feedback is a great way to showcase the way you do business. Many consumers use customer reviews as a research tool when looking for products and services.

• Build your online presence. If you don’t have a website, get one! There are many online and budget-friendly solutions to building a simple, effective website. If you have a website, be sure to update your hours of operations and contact information, and to review your privacy policies. Using social media to interact with your customers and provide contact information is another great way to market your business.

For more important business advice, visit our website at bbb.org/central-texas under the “For Businesses” section, or our independent blog, watchyourbuck.com.

Kelly Trevino is the regional director for the Corpus Christi office of Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal and Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin. She is available for media interviews and speaking engagements. You can reach her by phone at 361-945-7352 or via email at ktrevino@corpuschristi.bbb.org.

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