We’re almost a week into the new year, and that means most of us are diving into our New Year’s Resolutions. There are more fitness, diet and stop-smoking commercials on TV than ever, gym memberships are up, and millions of us are trying to be healthier, smarter, calmer, fitter and just plain happier. But while you’ve been crafting your personal resolutions, have you thought about resolutions for your small business? The new year is a great time to address any issues that have come up for your business over the past year, make plans to improve where possible and lay the groundwork for a great 2012.

So now that you know you should probably make a few business resolutions for this new year, what are other businesses resolving? Reuters reports that many small businesses are making technology-based plans, with resolutions focused on becoming better established online or improving existing tech. Social media sites, search engine optimization and other great online opportunities are helping even the smallest of niche businesses compete with bigger companies, the article notes, and some small businesses are handling the economic downturn by taking more of their tech duties on themselves.

Technology isn’t the only factor driving small business resolutions. Barbara Taylor wrote on The New York Times Small Business Blog that she intends to use the “24-Burger Strategy” with her small-business brokerage firm this year. The strategy, based on an Atlanta pub that serves just 24 hamburgers each night, is one of quality instead of quantity; making every transaction count in a down economy is vital to long-term success. No company can please everyone, and if that means turning away some potential clients (especially those with the least potential to add value), it’s a small price to pay for establishing one’s company as the place with the best, most detail-driven, most carefully-prepared burgers in the business (or whatever your company sells).

Ready to make some business resolutions of your own – and KEEP them? The Fox Small Business Center has some tips for you. They asked small business coaches for guidance on making resolutions, and they got the following advice in reply:

1. Be specific in what you want to achieve, and make the feedback clear along the way. Don’t make a vague resolution like “I want to grow my business” – it’s hard to measure that, and without a clear, specific goal, a resolution is doomed to fail.

2. Identify obstacles. What’s in your way? What’s stopped you in the past from getting to your goals, and how can you adjust for those roadblocks now? Figuring out what might come up to hinder your resolution is a great way to be prepared and avoid that hindrance.

3. Remember, it’s all on you. Holding yourself accountable is a major key to keeping your resolution from falling apart. Join or create a group of other business owners, or just check in with one other business owner weekly, to support one another and keep each other on track.

4. Make an action plan and stick to it. Write out the steps you’ll need to take to get to your goal, and be as detailed as possible. Set deadlines whenever you can, and keep them. You can make this step even stronger by putting together a reward and punishment system for yourself – come up with specific rewards you’ll give yourself when you reach various steps, and set aside punishments for yourself if you miss deadlines or fall short of your steps.

5. Work backwards from where you want to be. Some goals seem too high to achieve, but if you work backwards from your goal to where you are now, it can be easier to set reasonable steps along the way that will get you there. You can put monthly checkpoints into place, write up small action plans for each week or month, and even draw out the map visually so that you can see your progress as you approach the goal. Taking it all backwards is great for organizing the path and making it look less daunting.

So now that you know what the popular resolutions are and how to make your own, get to work! Your small business could see some big changes this year, and when you look back at 2011 from this point next year, you’ll be glad to see how much you accomplished.

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