Rhubarb Fool offers some top commercial tips for 2014 Part I
As the absence of posts over the holiday period will attest to, at Rhubarb Fool we've all tried (some of us more successfully than others) to enjoy a bit of down-time over the last couple of weeks. If you too have now had your fill of the excesses and indolence of the holiday period, you could also be feeling eager to return to the commercial fray with a renewed boldness and a heaped spoonful of vigour.
So Let Rhubarb Fool offer you five simple tips to help you ensure that 2014 is a year of growth and success for you and your business.
Ask yourself whether you know your business from top to bottom and from left to right
The passing of another year offers you a great incentive to take a long, hard look at your business. Focusing on strategies (based firmly on all of the lessons you’ve been learning over recent years) to improve your business is absolutely imperative to your future growth. So a new year can offer a good time to revisit your original business plan and ask yourself whether you're still running true to those initial objectives you set for yourself.
Are those initial plans still viable? Are you and your business where you wanted (or expected) to be by this point?
Tackling such questions will highlight the areas that you need to focus on and identify areas that would benefit from reinvigoration and / or improvement. Expanding your business need not necessarily involve more work. In fact, get it right and you could actually liberate your time and enable you to focus on what your business really needs to get done.
A straightforward means of initiating this process is to re-acquaint yourself with your staff team. Ask yourself whether you and your business are allowing them to meet their potential. Do they have overlooked talents that could actually contribute to the growth of the business? Are there individuals working for you who respond well to responsibility? Do you have employees whose extra-curricular activities could benefit your business? Seemingly trivial activities (learning a foreign language, or improving I.T. skills) could be indicative of a staff member wishing to extend their skills and contribute to the functioning of your business.
Of course it's tempting as an entrepreneur to want to maintain control of all aspects of your business. But utilising all of the talents
and skills at your disposal can boost staff confidence and encourage staff investment in the growth of the business.
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