The end of the year tends to be chaotic for business owners, but it’s an excellent time to get some extra housekeeping done for your business. Read on for tips to help you finish the year neatly and prepare to face the new year.
Review your goals and KPIs
A lot has likely happened for your business over the previous 12 months. So the end of the year is the perfect time to look back and see how your performance is stacked against your goals.
Consider your KPIs and review how you did. Be honest with yourself. If you didn’t make your goals, that’s okay. Now you can look at what went wrong–or right–and adjust accordingly. Were there surprises that affected your business? Could you prepare more for slower times? Did you take on too much all at once?
If you met or exceeded your goals, take some time to celebrate the achievements.
Review your business plan
Seeing how reality compares to your original business plan is always surprising. So allow yourself to evaluate how you’re doing and see if your business is becoming what you hoped it would.
If it isn’t, ask yourself if your goals and vision have changed or if you haven’t been focused enough on them. It’s okay to adapt your vision as your business evolves and you understand the market better, but make sure the change is one you intend to make, not one that’s happened unconsciously.
Reconcile accounts receivable
Unpaid invoices are often one of the biggest disruptors to cash flow. So check if you have any outstanding accounts and remind those clients to settle before the year ends. It also doesn’t hurt to double-check if you have any amounts owing to your suppliers and pay those.
Catch up on expenses
This is especially important if the end of the calendar year also marks the end of the tax year in your location, but it’s a good practice for anyone. Ensure you’ve accounted for any eligible business expenses by year’s end to stay up to date for tax season.
Verify vendor or client information
You already know that your business has changed over the year. The same is true for all the other companies that you work with. So take some time to ensure you have their correct information and are aware of any changes to their business terms.
It’s easy to let subscriptions fly under the radar, but they quickly add up. Review your active subscriptions and cancel any that aren’t relevant anymore. It’s easy to get more money in your pocket, and it’s fun to choose some new ones for the new year that better meet your needs.
Send out year-end letters
Put together a year-end letter for customers or clients and another for employees.
Let your clients know what you’ve been up to over the year, share some of your milestones, and let them know how much you appreciate their business. Also, highlight any community events that your business was a part of. It’s an excellent way to stay in touch and keep yourself fresh in their mind for when they may need your services in the new year.
Thank your employees for all their hard work over the year. Call attention to your successes and celebrate all that you’ve achieved. It’s a great way to provide recognition and highlight the most important events of the year.
Consider end-of-year gifts or bonuses
The end of the year is a terrific time to reward employees for a job well done. Even if you have an established bonus program, it’s always nice to surprise employees with a gift. It’s a personal way to say thank you and tell them how much you appreciate them.
The end of the year is notoriously busy, and the holidays make it even harder to get things done. However, it’s a great time to reflect on and celebrate your accomplishments. You’ll be glad you did when the new year rolls around, and you feel like you’ve wrapped the year up in a bow – ready to take on the next one with a sense of renewal.