5 Habits to Break Before They Break Your Business

Establishing a routine is what we do. It’s human nature. And while routines may help us stay on course, we often overlook the signs that our routines may actually be damaging our business. Today we’re here to help you sort the good from the bad and drop those bad habits before your business begins to feel their weight.

1. Ignoring Online Conversations
Whether you like it or not, people are talking about your business online. This could be through such social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. But whatever the medium, it’s important to be aware of the conversation. If you’ve been ignoring social media for your business, it’s time to pay attention. Participating in the online conversation can be time consuming and even scary at times, but it is necessary if you don’t want to be left out. If you’re considering taking the social media plunge, you may want to consider checking out our guide on how to avoid a social media disaster.

2. Refusing to Adopt New Technology
Technology is constantly changing. Whether it’s a new device like a mobile tablet or a new business service for file sharing, having the latest technology and knowing how to use it will help you run your business better. For example, tracking your inventory in Excel is certainly one way to do it, but is it the most efficient? Absolutely not! Here are a few reasons why Excel is bad for tracking inventory.

3. Depriving Yourself of Sleep
You’re busy; we get that. But getting the proper amount of sleep each night will help you stay focused throughout the day. Having the energy to complete your daily tasks will go a long way to keep your business from taking a plunge.

4. Not Backing Up You Data
Keeping your sensitive business data safe is imperative for your business. Sure storing your data on an external hardrive will help protect against a computer crash, but what if your business is hit by a severe storm? You may have water damage, wind damage, or even fire damage from electrical complications. Backing your data up in multiple places will ensure your business data is always secure. One suggestion is to look into a data backup service such as CrashPlan. CrashPlan provides businesses with access to cloud storage for data backup.

5. Dining Out
In the hustle in bustle of daily business meetings, ducking into the nearest fast food to curb your appetite is easy, but doing so will cause serious health issues. By putting your own health at risk you are risking the success of your business. Fix this problem by being more conscious of the food you are eating each day.

Are you guilty of any of the habits mentioned above? Let us know which habits you are planning to break this year.

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Brian Sutter

Brian Sutter

Director of Marketing at Wasp Barcode
Brian Sutter is the Director of Marketing at Wasp, responsible for the development and execution of the company’s marketing strategy. His role encompasses brand management, direct and channel marketing, public relations, advertising, and social media. He also writes and speaks on topics related to helping small business owners grow their business and improve operational efficiency.
Brian Sutter
Brian Sutter