As happens every year, the year has flown by and we are headed into a new year.
Is your business ready for 2013?
Are you, the CEO or business owner ready for 2013?
What are your business plans for the New Year?
Here are questions to consider:
- Have you made business plans for success or to just get by?
- Have you evaluated what was successful and what was not so successful in 2012 – and why?
- What are you going to do about those challenging issues in your business?
- Have you drawn up a business plan outline that will give you clear direction in 2013?
- Have you reviewed your workforce and the role each employee can play toward achieving business success?
- Have you given employees goals broken down weekly, monthly and quarterly as to what you expect from them?
- Have you given yourself goals as to what you expect of yourself?
When making business goals for the New Year, make sure the goals are realistic – keep in mind the state of the economy as well as changes in government with taxes, fees and new rules – yet at the same time, don’t let it hold your company back.
This isn’t a business exercise you should do quickly. Give it a great deal of thought. Find an opportunity for some quiet time when you will be uninterrupted. Then let your mind, in an organized way, wander through everything important to the success of your business.
Put your thoughts on paper. Then go back in a day or two; review and edit your notes. Once satisfied with what you have written down, don’t just stash your notes in a briefcase or in a desk drawer. Each month of 2013, review and update your business plan for success as needed.
2013 will only be a good business year if you plan for it. Anyone can be a success in a booming economy. But it will take a real business person who plans to be a success in 2013.
Howard Lewinter guides, focuses and advises CEOs, presidents and business owners to greater success and profit throughout the United States. Visit Howard’s website, blog and listen to the radio show at Talk Business With Howard. Follow Howard on Twitter: @HowardLewinter.