It is the start of the new year, and a time to plan ahead. Perhaps, you are still in the holiday mood and feel like you could still take a couple of days off work to spend quality time with your family and loved ones. While that is important, it won’t be out of place to start thinking ahead of the year 2019. It would interest you to know that very successful marketers and business owners make the most of every opportunity that comes their way. You can start your 2019 by having a business plan—a summary of how you plan to navigate the year and finally stay ahead of competition. Here are five ways to make 2019 a successful year for your business.
Look back [audit] at what you did in 2018
At this point you want to audit your business plans for 2018—you want to scrutinize previous plans and probably find out why certain things did not work out as expected. It is important to find out why certain things did not work out as planned, and if it is important to discard such plans or give it a second try. Compare your 2018 plans against the ones for 2017, and develop a frame work to make things perfect in 2019.
Get help if necessary
Get help from experts that know what it takes to develop and practice a working business plan. The year is still very fresh, and you can create a circle of trusted allies to help you develop your ideas and make a success out of it. You want to ask for help from people who have been through similar experiences—perhaps, some bestselling books related to your field of business could do. Have trusted and experienced people take a proper look at your business plan for 2018—perhaps, they could see what went wrong and how you can get things working again.
Stay ahead of the chasing pack
If your business is not a monopoly, then it only means you have other people competing with you. Evolve a better way of dealing with competition—not necessarily being dirty about it, but move ahead and remain ahead.
Engage the use of the social media
I struggle to imagine that there is any business not already using any of the social media platform for business. Well, if you are already using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the rest of them; then this is the time to go even deeper. Facebook may have had series of privacy issues in 2018, but it still remains one of the best platforms to show the world what you have. Built-in tools like IGTV and Stories owned by Instagram, Pages by Facebook, and WhatsApp Business are just a few of the features you can explore in 2019. If you have a very limited knowledge about any of them, then you could hire a social media analysts or guru to help you out.
Be bold and give wings to your ideas
Never be afraid to try out new things—be courageous when it comes to trying out new ideas. If there is an idea that has remained untried all these years, 2019 could be the year to invest in it; but you have to be brave.