2020 is nearly upon us – a year that has always been synonymous with ushering in the future. And as we’ll no doubt be marveling at more technological advances, we need to make the necessary changes in our own businesses and routines to make sure we keep up with and, hopefully, stay ahead of the competition.
How many of our small business New Year resolutions will your business be carrying out?
3 small business New Year resolutions
Bypass the competition by getting your business in shape for the New Year with these three small business resolutions.
Invest in cyber security
Cyber criminals are going nowhere – as technology improves, so cyber crime gets more sophisticated.
October this year was Cyber Security Month, but even raised awareness of the problems posed by hackers wasn’t enough to deter the cyber criminals. On the one hand, the 421,103,896 data records that were confirmed to have been breached in October represents about 50% of the monthly average. But, on the other hand, there were a staggering 111 incidents, including several in which sensitive and financial information was compromised.
Although it’s impossible to completely keep hackers at bay, your company should be doing the following as a bare minimum:
- Regularly back up your company’s data.
- Create a firewall that prevents outsiders from accessing your private network.
- Invest in the latest security software, web browser, and operating systems on your company’s computers. These measures are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
- Set antivirus software to scan regularly.
- Require employees to change their passwords every three months.
For more useful information, check out Is your cyber security up to scratch?
Work more efficiently
During the recent election campaign, Labour were mocked for advocating a 32-hour working week – but can we all honestly say we work efficiently for the full 39 hours we’re at work?
The economy thrives on SMEs providing jobs, so we’d never advocate streamlining the workforce, but we should all look at how we can work more efficiently – this could be by allowing staff to work from home, offering flexible working hours (who really needs the 9-to-5 anyway?), or by using technology to help your employees work smarter. This includes using a conference call service to hold meetings instead of insisting staff need to be in the office. For more information, go to https://www.conferencecall.co.uk/conference-call
Be more environmentally friendly
The climate change is something we all need to sit up and take notice of – as we enter 2020, the carbon cut off date of 2050 – or even 2030 – suddenly seems very real. So take this opportunity to make your business more energy environmentally friendly by switching to a green energy deal and implementing some simple energy efficiency measures at your workplace, such as:
- Encouraging staff to turn off lights in rooms that aren’t in use
- Switch to environmentally-friendly light bulbs and equipment
- Try to avoid printing off emails and documents
How is your business planning on ringing the changes for 2020? Let us know your small business New Year resolutions in the comments below.