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A lot can change in a year - practices to put in place to push your business forward.

Around this time last year, the BigHire crew was busy getting ready to participate in the HAVYN HATCH pitch competition. We participated and were also awarded 1st place by the judges and voted most investable business by the audience.

That experience was only one of the few milestones we had set for the business and achieved for our company. In order to grow a successful business focused on servicing companies and workers, we have been making improvements that enhance and simplify the user experience. At the beginning of each year, we take stock of where we are and where we want to be in the next year and we break down that big goal into bite-sized pieces. It's a necessary exercise that sees us pushing forward rather than aimlessly rowing a boat with no destination in mind.

Are you thinking about best practices to put in place to help your business grow this year? We've got you covered with these four tips:

  1. Take care of yourself and your workers. There's a lot going on in the world right now and no one is insulated from it. There's the awakening around mental health, social and racial unrest, navigating a pandemic, the great resignation...and the list goes on. Be sure to acknowledge that you, your family, and your team may be dealing with any of these at a given time. Don't beat yourself up if you want to move at 60mph, but find yourself moving at 30mph instead due to current circumstances. Make sure your plans allow for flexibility because sometimes you move faster than planned and other times, you won’t. It all works out in the end though.

  2. Remain committed. Find the one thing that sparked your journey in starting your own business. Were you looking for flexibility? Were you tired of doing all the work and getting little reward? Did you see a big need in the market that you could fill? Whatever it was, keep that inspiration close and draw on it when you need it

  3. Get organized. It's always a delicate dance, isn't it? You're trying to focus on customers or on building your team and you're constantly putting off for the future the things you should do today. In the short term, this strategy doesn't hurt anyone, but in the long term it catches up to you. A good way to tackle this is by taking baby steps, breaking down all the micro-steps in your plan, and tackling them one at a time. At BigHire one of our favorite sayings is "baby steps to greatness," which means just put one foot in front of the other and when you look back, you see how far your journey has taken you.

  4. Keep an open mind and step outside of your comfort zone. This may mean changing a process that no longer works. For example, the way you used to find and hire workers may no longer yield workers. You may need to consider a partner like BigHire. It could also mean being flexible enough to meet your customers where they are or iterate fast enough to serve changing needs. Anecdotally, we’ve all heard about companies that pivoted quickly enough during the COVID-19 pandemic and were rewarded handsomely for their agility. You too can be this nimble.

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