The best way to begin a fresh year of business is to know exactly what you want to achieve for the New Year. Rather than creating a long list, instead just pick one or two elements that need changing or improving.

Write them down, place a note on the fridge and do whatever you can to stay focused and turn your aims into a reality. Here are some ideas for New Year’s business resolutions

Find a work/life balance

Running a small business takes up a lot of time and energy, no doubt leaving many owners with limited opportunities to take family day outs, holidays and even basic relaxation. If you’ve been burning the candle at both ends and neglecting your personal life and health, it’s time to make some changes. If business is going well, can you delegate some responsibility to a trusted member of staff?

Invest in online growth

Whether you’re thinking about setting up a website and a blog for the first time or want to attract more customers through social media, delving into the online world can be a lucrative move for a variety of businesses. Having an online presence essentially gives you another shop window – a potentially far-reaching portal to boost your brand and increase sales.

Be more innovative

After reaching a certain amount of success, it’s easy to fall into your comfort zone and not strive for anything more. However, if you want to grow your business and be a step ahead of the rest it’s important to keep abreast of changes in the market. Monitoring the competition and finding innovative ways to do things better and differently is how to lead the way and grow.

Learn new business skills

There’s always room to learn new skills that could benefit your business. Sign up for an evening course to brush up on weak areas such as accounting, leadership or sales. Hone your creative writing and social media skills by setting up and maintaining a blog. Attend networking events to work on your social confidence. By investing in improving yourself, you’ll also be investing in the success of your business.