You've set the bar high––venturing into the world of eCommerice is no small feat, and making the leap into that digital jungle is an accomplishment in and of itself.
But we all know what it means to step into the New Year––it's time for resolutions. We're almost half way through January already, and when laying out your own New Year's Resolutions, where does your business fall on the list?
This is why we've put together the ultimate New Year's eCommerce checklist, to ensure your online business dominates 2016. You don't have to commit to the whole list, but start with one, give it your all, and see where that takes you.
The Ultimate New Year's ECommerce Checklist
Get Your Office in Order
A recent story took wind when a Navy SEAL stated the importance of making his bed every morning. Why does this work? Not only is it a routine of habit that aligns you for the rest of the day, but it's creating a physical space that speaks of cleanliness, organization, and a forward-thinking mindset. Think of this as aligning you for the rest of the year. When your physical space is clean and organized, your mental space doesn't have to be quite as stressed as normal. Devote January to some true Spring cleaning––clear out filing cabinets, declutter your desk, and invest in some useful organizational tools to use in your office space.
Organize Your Digital Space
So much of our lives exist online, that it's nearly impossible to talk about decluttering and organizing our spaces without also talking about our online worlds. Dropbox, Google Drive, our digital calendars, and our local servers can all quickly become inundated with files we don't need. Cleaning your digital space should be a two-part process––first, using a tool like CCleaner to rid your computer of the files you can't find yourself. Second, go through the local directories you use most commonly and get done the grueling task of deleting un-needed files, saving what you do need, and organizing all that remains. You might even consider investing in some off-site storage like Dropbox if you don't already, or even getting an external hard drive.
Update the Books
We speak from experience––April 14th is not the time of year to sit back and say, "Gee, these books are a mess. I should do something about them." Take time now to sit down and get your financial ducks in a row. Ensure that your financial and tax information is all in line and ready to go for when filing season comes down. You'll be immensely grateful that you took time now to get that done!
Create Goals and Plans
The second part of this is really the most important. You don't want to just say, "I will complete A, B, C this year." You want to say, "I will complete A, B, C this year by doing X, Y, Z." Whatever your business goals are, there should be immediate actions steps for how you're going to make them occur. Are there people you need to bring onboard? Resources you need to find? Other steps that have to be accomplished first? You won't be able to just say you want to complete something if you don't know how to go about doing it––and if you don't get started with it until late Fall, you'll be glad to have set out a plan this early on for how you're going to accomplish it.
Have a Team Meeting
Whether you have a small staff or a larger group who helps you run everything, bring them onboard. Even if the only person who really is "onboard" is your partner or one of your parents––have a talk with them. You'll accomplish a few things––first, you'll get it out of your own headspace and have some room to think about it in a more comprehensive way. Second, you'll have everyone else on the same page. If you have multiple employees, they'll appreciate knowing that you're managing things well and are stepping up in terms of organizing the company this far in advance. Even a small group of associates will be grateful knowing their boss isn't just sitting back, relaxing, and letting 2016 hit them like a big surprise.
What are your big 2016 business plans? What are your goals? Share them with us in the comments below!