When people hear New Year’s resolutions, they often think of exercising more, leading a healthier lifestyle or doing the things they love.

Besides these personal resolutions, which always seem to last a few days into the New Year, you can make 2018 the best year for your business.

Whether you own your own small business or manage a few people, there are plenty of business resolutions that you can make to help you and your business grow professionally.

Building your team

Before kicking off a new and challenging business year, it’s a smart business move to plan a team building event. A strong team of employees is the foundation of a successful business and even the best of teams need a chance to get to know each other a little better.

Apart from bringing new talent into your team, 2018 should see the development of current staff members. Employee training is essential for business success.

Better communication

In 2018, you can grow your business relationships through more effective business communication skills. As a small business owner you need to communicate well with business associates, employees and customers.

Everyone within your business should work at improving their communication skills with customers, co-workers and management.

This can be achieved by:

Active listening – engage in business conversation and actively listen to business presentations making mental notes and understanding the topic

Criticism – give and receive good criticism

Building rapport – work on making a connection with customers and co-workers

Look beyond 2018

While you’re setting your business New Years’ resolutions for 2018, start thinking about 2019 and beyond.

While this may seem daunting, you will be creating a list of goals that you would like to achieve in the future. Use this plan as a motivator to stay on track with your goals throughout 2018.

Promote your business

Expanding your customer base will keep your business thriving, so ensure that you continue to create consistent promotion throughout 2018.

The right customer may be looking for your business offering at any time, so make sure you’re ready to catch their eye when they do. If you don’t already have a marketing expert on staff, 2018 may be the year to start looking for one.

A healthy work-life balance

While growing a business requires countless hours of hard work and dedication, you need to set aside time to relax and unwind, and encourage the same from your employees.

Neglecting your work-life balance can lead to burnout, which will only decrease business productivity.

Also read: 4 ways millennials are changing the workplace

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