The New Year! It seems everyone always wants to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. But why reinvent the wheel when you can implement the same smart decisions you made in 2010 during this New Year?
In our last issue of Sumèr’s Secrets, we asked our readers to tell us the best business decision they made in 2010 that they will carry over into 2011.
See some of the responses we received below:
From: Deborah Carasso
The best business decision I made in 2010 was to network more. I joined a Chamber of Commerce chapter and am becoming more familiar with those wonderful members, and I am trying to attend all of the Perfect Wedding Luncheons. Slowly, I am getting results from this. I always enjoyed these events and got great information, but I am getting better contacts now. Again, it’s slow, but I am finally seeing results. I also need ways to help others more as an incentive to help me, too, without hurting my budget.
From: Ronique Gibson
In the New Year, I hope to carry through my amazing network of new connections and worldwide resources into the New Year. In 2011, I hope to continue to refine my goals in having a few projects going full steam, instead of a lot of projects only puffing a little smoke!
Thank you for the opportunity to share! Happy 2011!
From: Sal Vilardo
The best business decision I made in 2010 was to develop a reading habit. All of the great leaders have a healthy reading habit, which keeps them prolific, brilliant, and healthy.
I am constantly searching for what the industry leaders are reading so I can be on the same page and start learning how they see the world. This reading habit has expanded my creativity and ability to come up with ideas at the drop of a hat.
It is like getting personal coaching time from the experts without having to get on their radar or pay for their services—which, for a small business owner, can be extremely difficult to fork out.
From: Blase Ciabaton
The best business decision that I made in 2010 was to commit to posting on my blog at least once a week, every week.
Why was this my best business decision in 2010? The results were amazing! By being consistent, I was able to generate more blog posts which generated more comments, more inquiries, more meaningful conversations and ultimately, more business.
Beyond this, it enabled me to develop partnerships with other bloggers that led to guest posts, joint webinars, and joint presentations. This also led to new business for me.
The most difficult part of succeeding with this was simply sticking to it, no matter what. Some weeks I was sick, and some weeks I was much busier than others, but I stuck with the plan. Of course it helped to have an editorial calendar.
The additional blog comments were a real bonus because on many occasions, they gave me topics for new blog posts. Topics that I knew were interesting for my readers.
With the celebration of every New Year, we’re forced to consider resolutions. Hopefully the associated brainstorming leads to a lot of great ideas, but progress is only possible with commitment and execution. My success came from the consistent execution of one very simple step. Do you have any simple ideas that could dramatically improve your business when executed consistently?
What was the best business decision you made in 2010?