Business Strategy: 18 Great Ways to Freshen Your Business

The ground hog has seen his shadow and although it might not seem like it now, spring is just around the corner.  Take advantage of your indoor time to improve your business strategy and freshen up your business.  Here are 18 ways:

  1. Clean off your desk.  When in doubt, throw it out! Follow paper management rules to organize: toss, file or act.
  2. Write down the names of 10 customers you would like to reach. Make it a commitment to call 2 customers each day for the next 5 days.
  3. Write a personal thank you note to an employee, customer or supplier.
  4. Browse through an online catalog and purchase something new to brighter your office.
  5. Back up your computer files on a external hard drive, memory stick or virtual site.
  6.  Change your banner on you company Face Book or LinkedIn business page.
  7. Call 5 customers and ask them to share one new service or product they would like to see you offer in your business.
  8. Offer to mentor a young person or have someone “job shadow” you. Use your family, friends or employees to identify somehow who could benefit.
  9. Draw a picture that best describes what you think of your business today. Draw another picture of what you’d like it to look like one year from now.  Now compare them.
  10. Organize your business cards.
  11. Look at the business books that are on your shelf or your Kindle. Take one that you would like to read and read the first chapter.
  12. Buy a new plant or fresh flowers for your office.  Give a flower to everyone who works for you.
  13. Make a list of hopes and dreams for your business.  Share it with your employees and discuss their ideas. Post the result.
  14. See if you can write down your business philosophy in six words.
  15. Share some news – write a press release and send it to your local media.
  16. Don’t have any news? Make some. Identify 3 upcoming newsworthy events about your business.
  17. Give yourself a pat on the back for all you do.
  18. Change your voicemail message for your phones.

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