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5 Resolutions Every Entrepreneur Should Have In 2016

As the New Year dawns, it's important to reflect back on the work you've accomplished in the past year. That's why we've put together a list of ways you can skyrocket your growth and become more successful in 2016.

Kickstart Your Networking

Smart business leaders have one thing in common: Networking. Going to events is a great way to meet people and create business relationships through new connections. Make it a personal goal this year to go to more networking events. After all, as an entrepreneur, you never know where your next business opportunity could be.

For our members: We host over 30 events per year; a great way to get started toward that goal! YEC members can also use their Member Concierge to make connections within the community. Email your member concierge to learn how you can utilize the service or visit the Member Dashboard to quickly search members by skill set and location.

Grow Your Personal Brand Online

Cultivating a unique brand identity is crucial whether you’re just starting a new venture or revitalizing yourself in the market, so take steps to put yourself out there this year. Your personal brand will always stay with you, and it's important to have an honorable reputation that people want to partner and be associated with. One way to build your brand is to invest time in producing content on different platforms, engaging with people and sharing useful information to your customers. The more you do that, the more valuable your brand will be.

As YEC members, our goal is to help position you as thought leaders online. There are several ways we can help you do that, from publishing expert content to offering you a comprehensive suite of personal branding tools. Submit an article on your member dashboard, activate a personal branding audit powered by BrandYourself or even work with your own YEC Editorial Concierge to save time with publication opportunities.

Build Out Your Business

You more than likely take a lot onto your own plate; let yourself get more support in 2016. Whether it is finding an accounting service to work with, an insurance partner, or the right communication tools, the support systems that surround you and your business can help you become more efficient, ease processes and let you focus on getting ahead. Utilizing the wealth of business services out there can make business better for you and for your employees.

For YEC members, we can help connect you to the proper, vetted businesses you need. Fill out the business services checklist to hear from our Business Services Concierge right away, or talk to your member concierge about your needs and they can help connect you with fellow members that are a fit. You can also look at your member dashboard and see who is verified -- this means that they have been vetted by your peers and the YEC team through self-submitted endorsements and are recommended to work with.

Achieve Work-Life Balance

As an entrepreneur, you're often encouraged to focus on the long-term success of your new venture and less on the stress that comes with starting up. However, the level of mental, emotional and physical commitment shouldn't be underestimated in the startup world. It's important to remember to find balance between your work and personal life, and the start of a new year is a great time to focus on strategies for doing that. Check out these articles from YEC members on how to implement stress-reduction strategies in the officecreate a better work-life balance and make time for your family.

Have Some Fun

No matter how hard you work in 2016, always remember to also have some fun! As a leader, don't forget that your business model goes beyond raising funds and tracking sales: Have a purpose and remember the importance of fun, innovation and creating a strong culture for your team.

As we celebrate the end of another year, it’s time to start thinking about how you can make the most of the new, upcoming one. For everyone, that means hitting the ground running and being ready to take action. For our members, be sure you’re making the most of your membership by setting great goals, networking like a pro, building your personal brand, and having some fun.

Happy New Year -- and Happy 2016!