As part of our My Business in 2012 project, we asked small busines owners to share their resolutions for 2013. Here are the best responses. To share your hopes and dreams for the New Year, post a comment or tweet using #MyBusinessIn2012.
"To build a strong team around me who can help move toward realising the company vision. To champion enterprising kids across the world. To inspire, encourage, and support parents and educators in their crucial role of developing children’s entrepreneurial potential."
Lorraine Allman, Enterprising Child
"To be brave and dare to be different. We want to break from the norm, try new systems, new software and different approaches, which will give us stronger USPs, effectiveness and help us stand out."
Nick Moore, We Trade It
"To have a much tighter control on the finances in all areas of my business and to start building a cash surplus ready for future expansion."
Andrew West, Obsidian Wellness SL
"To stay creative, stay true to our vision and grow an amazing team."
Josh Davidson, Night Zookeeper
"Managing is made easier by having the right metrics to measure. But behind each metric is a bunch of people: our customers. My resolution is to make sure I don't lose sight of that."
Ed Molyneux, Freeagent
"To slow down - just a little, be kinder to myself and to stop to recognise my achievements."
Kate Gover, Lahloo Tea
"Build, evidence, build some more."
Jane Whitham, Cream Consultancy
"Grow, grow, grow. Invest in ourselves and our people and listen to those around us."
Gary Howard, C.P.D.M.S.
"To keep the foot on the gas and grow, but profitably only!"
Andrew Chalmers, Ballard Chalmers
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About Dan Martin
Dan Martin has 10 years experience as a journalist writing about entrepreneurs and the issues that affect them.
After three years working as a researcher for Sky News, he joined BusinessEurope.com as a reporter. This was followed by two years working as news editor for Startups.co.uk during which time Dan also contributed to Growing Business magazine. In 2006, he joined Sift Media as business editor before being promoted to editor of BusinessZone.co.uk. He also has responsibility for UK Business Forums, the UK’s most active online forums for small business entrepreneurs. In addition, Dan founded The Pitch, BusinessZone.co.uk's nationwide competition for small business owners. He host the grand finals in 2009 and 2010 in front of an audience of 300.
As well as interviewing many entrepreneurs, Dan has written content for leading business organisations such as the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, British Chambers of Commerce, Forum of Private Business, Investors in People and Business Link for London. Among the publications that have quoted Dan are The Times, Mail On Sunday, Financial Times, Personnel Today and Bristol Evening Post. His articles have also been published by publications including eGov Monitor, Virgin Express in-flight magazine and Personal Success.
Dan regularly speaks at events about small business and social media issues. Among the events he has presented at are the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies' annual conference, Learning Technologies, Publishing Expo and World of Learning. He has also chaired high profile debates featuring senior representatives from Business Link and the Federation of Small Businesses and Dragons' Den judge James Caan.
Dan was named the 10th most influential political blogger on Twitter by the Independent and won the public award for best B2B tweeter at the Golden Twits 2010. He also organised the Bristol Twestival, part of a global Twitter driven charity initiative, in February 2009 and March 2010. Volunteers from 175 cities around the world organised events using the social network. In total, $350,000 was raised for charity: water in 2009 and $500,000 for Concern in 2010. In Bristol, £1,500 and £5,600 was raised.