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Preparing Your Business For 2021

By Business Desk

Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Let’s face it, 2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year. Many people can’t wait to turn their backs on 2020, ready to embrace a new year with open arms - including many business owners. 

There have been a lot of lessons to take on board from 2020 that can help you change your business and make its future. Being able to adapt your business for change and make the most of new developments can help your business become stronger, ready for a great 2021 and beyond. 

Start preparing your business for 2021 with the following ideas.

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Get ready to bounce back

While the global pandemic meant many businesses had to close their doors, many businesses are reopening and getting ready to welcome back their customers. It’s something to celebrate, so don’t be afraid to make a big deal of the fact that you’re back in business. It’s important to follow guidelines that are in place to keep everyone safe, but with better management and promising vaccines in the pipeline, next year already looks more optimistic.

Improve your online presence

Most businesses can benefit from putting more time and energy into their online presence. From boosting your digital marketing efforts to ensuring your website provides the best user experience, there are always improvements to be made.

For offline businesses that have had to close, even for a short while this year, is there a way to take things online? Expanding your business online could come with all kinds of new opportunities for growth and transform the way you work.

See how automation can benefit your business

Automation has proven to be a lifeline for many businesses struggling in the pandemic, but it can be a great way to streamline some of your business’ processes and tasks and free up time for other work and projects. Automation can benefit all kinds of businesses, from those in the finance industry to the health sector. Artificial's guide to buying insurance AI provides some fascinating insights into AI and the insurance industry. Now is the time to think about ways you can improve your business for both next year and the future.

Consider permanent changes to your office environment

Many businesses have moved to home-based or hybrid ways of working, with many surprising themselves by how effective working from home has turned out to be. If you have the right technology and security systems in place, then reducing your office space to allow permanent home working could be one way to make your business more modern and efficient. 

Talk to your employees about how they see their future work environment developing, you’ll get a lot of great insights into what people want. Many businesses are focusing on providing flexibility to employees, which is something that will not only help them improve their work/life balance, but could reduce your turnover too.

Work on upskilling your employees

In light of the pandemic, many businesses had to redeploy employees, taking them out of positions that were no longer needed and making sure the resource was elsewhere. However, it’s never a bad thing to upskill your employees, and doing so now will help to ensure they’re prepared to pitch in when needed should they need to in the future. There are different ways you can upskill your team, but some good areas to focus on include digital skills and project management. Consider your employees’ skill base versus the requirements of your business to make sure you secure skills in the right areas.

Make sure your business is protected

Another key thing that 2020 has taught is the need to put the right protection in place for your business. The pandemic and changing economy has left many businesses vulnerable to online threats, while there are also financial concerns to consider. Protecting your business from both short and long-term threats will help your business feel more secure, allowing you to put contingencies in place should they be needed.

Before the year is up, spend time working on refreshing your risk assessments and adapting your policies to make sure your business is protected. It’s always better to be prepared, instead of having to make changes later.

No matter the impact 2020 has had on your business, it’s always good to reflect on the previous year and plan for the one ahead. It’s been an uncertain time for everyone, but hopefully, 2021 will bring a fresh start that will lead to bigger and better things for your business.


Preparing Your Business For 2021

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