6 Items You Need on Your Business’s Summer To-Do List

By Stefanie Neyland, Small Business Content Developer at BizLaunch.com


Forget those lazy summer days—now’s the perfect time of year to get down to business!

While you may feel like taking it easy during the summer months, there’s really no better time to do a little planning and preparation for the second half of the year and beyond. So with that in mind, here are some business activities to start checking off on this season’s to-do list.


1. Reassess Your Goals.

If you made new year’s resolutions for your business at the start of 2014, you may not have looked at them since. Now’s a great time to review your goals and see if you’re on track to reach them. You may need to realign your efforts with your objectives or even change a few altogether to better reflect where you’re currently headed.


2. Switch Up Your Pricing.

If it’s been a while since you assessed your company’s prices, now’s the time to re-evaluate them. Do some research on what your competitors are charging and try to determine whether your prices need to be adjusted—you may find that you’ve been undercharging compared to other similar businesses in the marketplace.


3. Give the Office a Clean.

It may seem trivial, but cleaning up both your desk and your computer files can instantly make you feel more productive. To avoid wasting time looking for those all-important files, try storing them in the cloud and organizing them with descriptive file names for easy searchability.


4. Get Some Guidance.

By the middle of the year you may be suffering from an unwanted dose of sluggishness, so why not arrange a chat with a mentor or successful player in your field for some guidance and inspiration? It’s a great way to reignite that sense of excitement for your business that may have gone AWOL since the beginning of the year.


5. Catch Up With Staff.

If you’ve been tied up with the ins and outs of running your business, use the summer as an opportunity to see how your employees are doing. Are they content with their position? Maybe they’re feeling burned out? Use the slower pace of the season as an opportunity to check in and spend some one-on-one time with staff members, and take advantage of the good weather by throwing an office party to show how much you appreciate their hard work.


6. Give Yourself a Break!

Last but not least: enjoy the sunshine, take a well-deserved vacation and enjoy your family. It’ll leave you feeling refreshed and raring to go for the next half of the year.


By Andrew Patricio

July 16, 2014