Gimme eight …
What better way to kick off 2016 than with the Enterprise Rockers’ Micro Biz Matters Day?
Happening in London, the aim of the event is to get small businesses talking to each other and sharing advice. Throughout the day, different experts are talking about a variety of topics, including payroll, collaboration, trade, and home businesses.
The event’s organisers, Tony Robinson and Tina Boden, are encouraging supporters to pledge eight minutes to help other small businesses grow in 2016. Since we couldn’t make the event, we’re giving eight in our own way. Here are our eight tips for small business success in 2016….
- Up your social media game
If your business isn’t on social media yet, make 2016 the year you try it out. Make time to tweet about things that will be interesting and relevant to your customers. Don’t forget, it’s a social network. Make connections, and join like-minded communities – you can never have too many allies.
- Network like there’s no tomorrow
Of course, don’t forget to get out there and meet people in real life. Nervous? Treat yourself to fancy new business cards. That way, you have to network.
- Keep learning
It really is the best way to keep your brain (and your business) fresh and active. There are loads of great courses out there, but for small businesses on a micro budget, they can be prohibitively expensive. If so, why not investigate a MOOC: free online course, provided by top universities and colleges.
- Review any legal stuff
It’s always good practice to regularly review legal documents and regulations to ensure you’re still toeing the line. What better time to do it than the start of a new year? This checklist is a good place to start.
- Organise your life
As it turns out, your teachers were right. It’s so much easier to crack on with projects when you know where everything is, and all your correspondence is in order. You’ll be especially thankful for it, should anything ever go wrong and you need that invoice from 2005.
- Apply for grants and funding
Keep an eye out on potential funding opportunities, and always apply if you think you’re eligible. Your chances of earning that half a million pound grant may be slim, but you’ll never know if you don’t try.
- Planning and preparation
If you’re the sort of person who usually just rushes into a task, why not try spending five minutes every morning to plan what you’re going to tackle that day. If it helps you get more done, make it a daily habit. If not, keep on rushing.
- Get a change of scene
A solid routine might be good for productivity, but rarely does it help you create something new or different. Simple ways to mix up your day include working somewhere else (try a co-working space, or even just swap desks with a colleague) or getting out for a walk at lunchtime.
2016: Year of the micro business
If you’re there, do say ‘hi’ to our competition winner, Julia. She runs her own business, Joolzery, making and selling her own jewellery.
Julia took part in our monthly Twitter chat and competition, #TheFreelanceWay, where we tried to solve the problems of the world’s busiest freelancer, Father Christmas. Here’s Julia’s winning tweet:
— Joolzery (@Joolzery) December 2, 2015
Not only was it a great tip, it made us laugh too!
We’ll be catching up with Julia after Micro Biz Matters Day, but if anyone else at the event would like to share their story, we’d love to hear from you too. Tweet us @PolicyBee, or use the hashtag #MicroBizMattersDay.