When it comes to running a business, keeping up to date and constant improvement and innovation are musts. With that in mind, we here at COCOGEN have a few tips for your entrepreneurs out there who wish to take your businesses to the next level. 1. Organize and declutter. We’re not just talking about business operations but the physical environment as well. The daily work grind can be busy on all teams that it’s almost impossible for someone to declutter; this means that there are probably tons of things in the office that have met their time and have served their purpose. Our advice? Have everyone (that includes you, too) do a new year spring cleaning so items that stay in the office and are taking up space are actual stuff that is still useful. 2. Start using cloud storage. The advent of new technology is something you should finally learn to fully embrace this new year. With the invention of the cloud, storing important files can now be done without fear of viruses and data loss. Through cloud storage, information can be maintained, managed, and backed up online so you can access it even in the event of hardware breakdown. 3. Don’t forget your competitors. You don’t have to spend too much time thinking about your competitors but it’s proven quite effective especially if you’re trying to come up with a strategic marketing plan for the new year. Scoping out your competitors will give you knowledge on what your edge is over them or what aspects of the service they can’t fill what you potentially can. 4. Have the right team on board. If there are a few people on your team that’s not performing to your standards, aim for improvement. Keep in mind that the performance of every employee affects the performance of your organization. You are a running a business and you need to think about your company’s growth and development. Remember, underperformers in your company can slow your business down and even give your brand the wrong reputation. 5. Have a business continuity plan. Starting and having a business comes with a lot of risks especially financially. Whether it’s man-made mishaps like data loss and hardware malfunctions or natural calamities like typhoons, floods, and fires, having a business continuity plan allows you to prepare for whatever 2017 brings. This includes disaster management plans, business insurance, and risk management strategies for immediate and effective recovery. Being better is a mindset, and if you’re not on a mindset that is open to adapting to change, you and your business risk getting left behind. It won’t be easy but there’s no doubt you’re well on your way to strengthening your business from damaging uncertainties. *** The author of this article contributed in their own personal capacity. The views expressed are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of COCOGEN Insurance.