5 New Year’s resolutions for your business

Make more money. Get more sleep. Read all emails every day. What’s on your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2012? Five small business owners share their business goals for the new year.

1. Spend more time working on your business, not just in it

“We plan to allocate a set amount of time each week purely to strategic business planning. It is so easy to get caught up with day-to-day tasks. By setting clear goals and KPIs, we want to make sure the business is on track for strong growth next year.”
- Katie Campbell, FireHosiery

2. Listen to your customers

“Next year, we want the Open Shed community to work with us to build an even better site. In the first quarter of the year, we’ll introduce a voting and comment forum so our community can help influence the future direction of Open Shed.”
- Lisa Fox, Open Shed

3. Get on top of your inbox

“At the moment, I have around 200 emails a day, which I try to respond to personally. I need to find a better way to conquer my emails so they don't slow me down and I can spend more time focusing on innovations, staff culture and running my business.”
- John Winning, Appliances Online

4. Make your website more user-friendly

“We want to add extra functionalities to our customised online shirt store so it’s easier for customers to shop with us. We’re going to add a currency converter for our international customers and we’ll add new fabrics every few months to entice people to return to the site.”
- Modi Song and Melissa Lee, Joe Button

5. Run your business and still have a life

“I want to stop staying up so late. The launch period for Uncommon Ground has been mad and I’ve been putting in crazy hours, so next year will be about the work/life balance making more sense. Getting a handle on my time management skills might be helpful.”
- Krissy Crawford, Uncommon Ground

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