22 Dec 2020, 12:56 — 4 min read
For business owners, year end is a time to take stock, tie up loose ends and set goals for the coming year. It is critical to end the year strong and start the New Year in a fresh and in a good state.
Use this checklist to ensure you take care of key business tasks before the year end.
The end of the year is a good time to set up a meeting with your accountant to review your overall financial health.
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Assess whether you need technology upgrades to improve productivity. Check if there are software licenses that need to be renewed. Ensure that you have backed up all essential data and deleted unwanted files. Take steps to for data security, especially if you have team members that work remotely.
If you sell products, examine what sold and what didn’t in 2020. If you offer services, check which services did well. Use this time to determine a strategy for 2021 that focuses more on items and services in demand.
Take stock of your team and gauge whether you need to hire more employees in the New Year. Ensure that you budget for additional personnel you plan to hire. If you are overstaffed, think of creating new roles to reallocate your team’s talent. Also review your compensation and benefit plans to ensure they are still competitive.
Also read: How to hire the right person for your team
Review your business plan and assess how you are doing. Are you meeting all the goals and objectives you had for your business? Are your financial projections still valid? Does your marketing plan require modifications? If perceptible changes have occurred, rework your business plan to reflect them.
Do your Facebook and Twitter cover images need to be refreshed? Is your Instagram bio out-dated? This is a good time to update your social media accounts. Then, devise a strategy for 2021 to create greater engagement via social media.
If you had specific goals for 2020, review and assess them systematically according to the following questions.
The review of your 2020 goals should give you a clear picture of at least some of your 2021 goals. Do you need to increase sales? Invest in product innovation? Rejig your marketing strategy? Hire new employees? Institute more thorough training? Devise a strategy to reduce costs? Is your business or sector experiencing changes that you need to plan for?
Invest some time in creating clear and actionable goals for the coming year. The more well-defined your goals, the more likely you are to meet your business targets.
Creating a year-end checklist is akin to business spring cleaning to make your organisation more effective. It helps to end the year strong and start the New Year on a positive note. Share with us your end of the year checklist.
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