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successful business in new yearWhile the holiday season is the perfect time to rest and take a break, it’s also the ideal time to plan for next year.  After all, success doesn’t just happen; it takes careful planning and a commitment to productive activities and habits. Planning now allows you to save two of your most precious commodities—your time and energy!  Prevent the stress wrought by procrastination. Pour yourself your favorite beverage, open your calendar, sharpen your pencil and get cracking.

Plan a client party

Client Appreciation Parties are a fun way to reconnect with your clients and thank them for their business and referrals. What better way to strengthen the foundations of your relationships than by breaking bread with your clients?

Plan to host at least one client party in 2016. Break out your calendar and pencil in a few possible dates. While you may not need to delve into the particulars now, scheduling it ahead of time gives you plenty of time to plan, instead of trying to do everything at the last minute.

Plan your Pop-Bys

We’re not talking penciling in time for Pop-Bys into your calendar for the whole year; don’t worry, Referral Maker® CRM will keep you posted on that front. We’re referring to planning what you’ll give to your clients as Pop-By items throughout the year.  Why now? To take advantage of the huge pre and post-holiday discounts posted by retailers at this time of year. If you want to buy in bulk, now is the time to do it, especially if you want to give your clients high-end scented candles, coffee mugs or non-perishable food items. With the time and money you’ll save by getting it out of the way now, you’re sure to thank us later!

Plan for professional development

Want to sharpen your skills, increase your business knowledge and network with other high-achieving professionals? Attend a seminar or training, such as Brian Buffini’s Success Tour™ or MarTech Trends™, our all-new, one-day marketing and technology event, coming to a city near you! Get away from the office for a few days this year to work on your business and you’ll enjoy the benefits all year.

Now your plan doesn’t have to be lost in your head—that’s why we encouraged you to use a pencil earlier. The objective here is to get these three activities in the calendar and on your radar before your business and life become too hectic. Remember, a little planning now goes a long way in helping you make 2016 your best yet.

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