As the year begins to wind down, you should start to think of all the essential administration and tasks to complete before your office returns for work in 2016. As you start New Year’s preparations for your books, staff and industry, we’ve thought of some more tasks to think about before January comes around.
Double check your finances
Contact your accountant for an in depth meeting about your book keeping records. This will help you to make sure you’re on a good financial track, or help you onto one. You can also be secure in the knowledge of your figures as you enter the new year.
Evaluate your website
In today’s world, every business has a website in order to connect with potential business opportunities. The end of the year is an easy time to evaluate whether your website is working well for you. If you need to, you can make improvements to usability, as well as getting rid of anything that isn’t profitable.
Strategise your marketing for 2016
Take time to discuss what worked this year for the company and what didn’t. A new marketing plan will keep you ahead of competitors and reveal any costly marketing campaigns that aren’t bringing in revenue. Now is the time to start strategising in order to implement it when you return in the New Year.
Ensure the office is left in perfect condition
In business, it’s common for offices to be cluttered with little things such as old memos, paperwork, wrappers from lunch and a whole lot more. Starting off the new year in a cluttered office will do little more than stress you out, so ensuring that the office has been thoroughly cleaned and tidied for the new year will be a welcome return for you and your employees.
Performance reviews and bonuses
As the year is winding down, it’s a good chance to reward the employees who have helped you make 2015 a successful year by giving them a Christmas bonus. You can also use this time as an opportunity to sit down with your employees and discuss their performance throughout 2015. Position ways in which they could improve between the different ways they’re an asset to the company to make it a positive and productive conversation.
Set your goals for 2016
Take a look at the past 12 months and how the business has improved or fallen. Did you achieve the previous targets you set yourself or do you still have things to accomplish? The New Year is the best time to make positive changes, so set your ultimate goal for 2016, and a series of smaller tasks that will help you achieve it.