Enterprise Nation members' new year resolutions for 2019

Enterprise Nation members' new year resolutions for 2019
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Posted: Thu 20th Dec 2018

As we approach 2019, small business owners from the Enterprise Nation member community share their business resolutions for the year ahead.

Make it your resolution to start or grow a great business in 2019. Get off to a great start at StartUp 2019 with more than 100 speakers sharing advice and inspiration. Book a ticket here.

"Implement all the great systemisation in The E-Myth and more time working on my business and growing a great team working in the business."
Samantha Nelmes, LilyIris Accounting

"Be more focused. I have a bad habit of trying to do too many things at once and jumping from one thing to the next! Also, to not be so hard on myself and celebrate the little wins more."
Rebecca Yates, Rebecca Yates London

"This year I am going to simplify my business. I want to streamline the offerings to my customers and focus on getting better, before growing bigger!"
Louise Brogan, Social Bee NI

"After campaigning for 22 years that government should not buy from, contract with, license, fund or bail out any large organisation which does not #PayIn30Days all its bills ALL the time I feel there is a cross-party political will to make it happen. I resolve to make sure, with all the major small business membership organisations. that #PayIn30Days does happen in 2019."
Tony Robinson, co-founder, Micro Business Matters Day

"Make time for PR. We educate brands how to DIY their PR and seem to forget about our own! 2019 will be the year that we increase partnerships, articles and PR activity." 
Rosie Davies-Smith, PR Dispatch

"I plan to handover some of the tasks that are associated with being a business owner that don't feel me with joy; I'm thinking about book-keeping. I'll be making the most of the professionals I already have around my business and using them more. This will leave me time to focus on what I'm best at, creating social media strategies and content plans. 
Esther James, Socialable

"Work more on the business rather than in the business. I have had the priviledge to be selected for the Innovating for Growth Scale Up programme of the British Library at the end of 2018 and it made me realise how I spent way too much time working in the day to day rather than working on expanding the vision and working on growth for the future, as well as promoting the business."
Daniele P__oggio, Aqualibria

"Many people set new year's resolutions and fail to stick to them, usually because they've set so many or they are completely unrealistic. As I look towards 2019, I'm going to practice what I preach to my clients:

"1. Make sure I've got a plan for the year ahead. What do I want to achieve and when and what do I need to do to achieve that?

"2. Be realistic about what I can achieve and stop planning to do so much in a week. I once heard that if you set yourself a list of three things to do, you'll achieve it. If you set yourself 10 things to do, you'll achieve none. This is so true; I've done it myself and I've also seen it in businesses, companies who try to achieve too much, struggle to achieve.

"3. Be focussed. If what I'm doing isn't aligned with the plan, park it and stop being distracted by it. There will always be distractions and things I need to do, but if I lose focus and deviate off track. I will struggle to succeed your goals."
Kate Gloudemans, Sprout Consulting

"One of our (many) new year's resolutions is to promote our business more. For the last 18 months, we've relied pretty much solely on word of mouth and referrals. While that's been amazing, to step up our business game in 2019, we're going to focus some more time (and money) into promoting our business. With more online marketing, and going to more networking events (like Enterprise Nation's StartUp 2019 event in January which we're speaking at) we're hoping to really to push our business to the next level and gain some lovely new clients

."Other more personal new year's resolutions include delegating more (I'm a bit of a job hoarder) and trying to and learn something new every week! Whether it be an entirely new skill or improving the skills that I already have."
Ruby Lee, Studio 77

"My new year's resolution is to say no more often! I think as a business owner it can be tempting to take on every opportunity that presents itself but sometimes that can leave you feeling stretched too thin or end up with the business going in directions that don't actually align to your vision.

"For me part of saying no also involves me stopping and thinking, "do I need to do this or can someone else on the team do it?". Delegating is still something I have to consciously make myself do so I want to work on getting better at that."
Rin Hamburgh, Rin Hamburgh & Co

Make it your resolution to start or grow a great business in 2019. Get off to a great start at StartUp 2019 with more than 100 speakers sharing advice and inspiration. Book a ticket here.

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