Let Change Be Your Goal For 2012

The holidays aren’t over, and many folks haven’t even started with their shopping lists. But as retailers, wholesalers and other small business owners, our minds need to already be on 2012.

January will sneak up on us fast, and with a new year comes time to reflect the past and look forward to what’s ahead. This typically comes down to one thing… change.

What happened in 2011 that you absolutely do not want to change for your business?

What happened in 2011 that you absolutely do want to change for your business?

What changes do you know you need, yet have no idea how to accomplish?

What changes do you know you need, yet have yet to start planning for them to be done?

Whatever changes lie in front of you, it’s time to start executing them. Possibly this means clearing out inventory you plan to eliminate from your assortment. Maybe this means introducing a business partner to your team. Or possibly this means closing your doors… or maybe opening a second, third or even tenth location!

With January sneaking up on us, start to reflect on the changes you want and how you can meet them. This may bring you tears… or a rush of happiness… or a pit in your stomach… or excitement in your heart. Whether good or bad, change can be a good thing.

In addition to what you know you want to change, it never hurts to evaluate everything else on your “to-do” list. The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on store policies, management procedures, associate training techniques, inventory assortment, merchandising habits, customer interaction and more. Start 2012 off right by getting a jump start on your game plan now. After all, you aren’t busy enough already… right?

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