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Owning a small business isn’t easy. That’s even more the case at the start of a new year. New projects, new clients and plenty of reorganising after staff’s time off – not to mention your own Christmas break. So, how can you manage it all? Read on for eight simple tips to keep your small business running smoothly in the new year.

1. Organise

Step one is to identify every task that needs completing. Write it down, or type it out, but keep it somewhere you can access it easily so you’re not constantly thinking “what have I forgotten?”

2. Prioritise

Decide which tasks need to be completed soon, and which can wait. Don’t avoid undesirable or difficult tasks if they’re urgent. You’ll feel much better if you get them out of the way early.

3. Delegate

You don’t have to do everything yourself. That’s why you hire staff. Go through your list and decide which are suitable for your employees. This will give you plenty of time to focus on the most important tasks you’ve kept for yourself.

4. Expand

Don’t be afraid to add new staff. There is a huge talent pool to choose from in the new year, with plenty of people looking for a new start. If you and your current staff are finding it impossible to cope with your current workload, it may be time to add someone new.

5. Hold the phone

When you’re trying to get things done, there’s nothing worse than a constantly ringing phone. Train one of your employees on the phone so you’re not repeatedly being interrupted. Alternatively, you could use a virtual assistant to take care of phone calls.

6. Start a cycle

It’s easy to organise your tasks at the start of the year and then forget about it. Get into a routine of weekly meetings, however short, to keep everyone up to date with their responsibilities and what they need to do.

7. Get tidy

It’s easy to forget the small stuff like cleaning up the office. As new projects come in and new deadlines are created throughout the year, it becomes impossible to fit in a quick tidy round. Use the new year as an opportunity to clean things up – ideally before employees come back in.

8. Redecorate

Office looking a bit shabby? Now is the time to redecorate. Bad surroundings have a negative impact on employee productivity, as well as your own. Give your office a lick of paint, add some plants and put up some pictures. If the office can’t be made presentable or pleasant, consider moving to somewhere new.

Take your business to the next level

If you’re looking to get things done in the new year, Ava can help. We provide virtual assistant services, such as phone answering, fax-to-email and mailbox management, to relieve you of the administration hassle and allow your business to grow. Get in touch with us today to see just how easy we can make things for your business.