As we power forward towards the end of 2018, a new year looms brightly on the horizon. Most of us will move forward with big plans for growth, improvement, and change for the better, but you don’t have to wait until January 1st to put it all into motion. Laying the groundwork now is the best way to start the new year on a strong footing.

Here are some tips that will help you launch your business into your future both well-equipped and well-informed:

1. Identify new technologies and trends that may affect your industry

With technology and marketing concepts taking such major leaps and bounds, it will pay dividends to be able to project what you’ll need to do to stay on top of the changes. Look at what your competitors are doing. Research market trends that could either help or harm the way you do things today. While nobody has a crystal ball, you can reliably foresee the broad strokes and prepare accordingly.

2. Improve your productivity through automation

Even if you are an entrepreneur or solopreneur, there are probably myriad automation technologies that can help you get more done and more efficiently. For instance, if you find it so time-consuming to manage your social media, look into scheduling apps, like HootSuite, that can help you plan your posts up to months in advance.

3. Get the help you need

If you are burdened with a lot of repetitive tasks – anything from answering the phone to responding quickly to emails – a little help may just allow you the time you need to grow your business. A virtual office can support these needs without all the overhead of a full-time staff. You’ll be more organized than ever and your customers will be delighted.

4. Review your marketing plan

An effective marketing plan is something a business needs to revisit and adjust on a regular basis. With today’s volatile and fast-changing business landscape, it is more important than ever to keep your eyes on emerging trends in order to make changes as needed. Getting a little off-track is not a problem to correct but waiting until you are so far afield of the goal may cause you to steer right into the ditch. Revisit your mission and vision as well as your sales objectives. Do your methods align with your goals? What can you do to get back on track?

5. Bring your goals into sharper focus

Whether your goals are increasing sales, improving your margin, gaining visibility or market share, achieving any of these objectives involves having a clear route mapped out to get you there. If the destination is fuzzy at best, you are apt to meander around the ultimate goal without realizing any clear wins. Bringing your goals into clear focus will allow you to better plan how you are going to get there.

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