It is hard to believe that another year has come and gone. 2013 was a good year for BCS Legal Solutions, LLC. We celebrated our first anniversary, launched our website and met our financial goal for the year. All in all, we are looking forward to what 2014 promises to bring.
For some people, the New Year is a time of reflection and goal setting. New Year’s resolutions are made with the hopes of becoming the fit, well-read, financially stable individuals the magazines at the grocery checkout says we should be. However, goal setting and re-evaluation, are not just for individuals. The concept can work well for your small business, too.
For instance, if you are a business set up through the State of Florida, you should know that all business annual reports and filing fees are due by May 1st each year. We assist business with these filings each year, and I can’t begin to tell you how many business owners wait till the last minute to file, sometimes missing the deadline and incurring a whopping $400 late fee. If procrastination is your business’ pattern of behavior, let’s change that in 2014. Resolve to be on top of any and all city, county, state and federal filings.
What other New Year’s resolutions can your small business make? Here are 5 suggestions from the Small Business Section of About.com:
- Learn how to delegate: There are so many small things to be done when you are an owner of a small business, but contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to do them all. You will find that delegation is the key to a healthy work-life balance.
- Promote your business regularly and consistently: Too often the task of promoting our businesses can end up on the bottom of our list. The key to attracting new customers is letting them know you are there. So if hiring a marketing consultant doesn’t work for you, create a plan of your own, but most importantly, make sure you follow through.
- Join a new business group or organization: Talking to other business-minded individuals can spark new ideas, help you revamp old ones and add to your contact list. The organization can be industry specific or one designed just for networking. Whatever the goal of the group, use the time you spend there to revitalize your business.
- Put time for you on your calendar: This a goal that I think will be the hardest for most business owners to do. I am speaking directly to myself. Nonetheless, all work and no play can lead to stress at work, which can spill over into our home lives. So even if it means you have to schedule time with yourself, take some time to relax and refresh.
- Set realistic goals: Easier said than done, I know. We are all so driven that we think that any goal is better than none. Not true. Goal setting can be valuable, that is if the goals lead to success. Set goals that are achievable. Mix it up a bit – set both short and long-term goals. The idea is to find a road leading to a better, more successful business, not a road to frustration.
So with these thoughts in mind, here is to making 2014 the best year for your small business!
BCS Legal Solutions, LLC
BCS Legal Solutions, LLC is a non-attorney legal document preparation service. (www.bcslegalsoultions.com)