January is the perfect time for some fresh thinking. It’s a great time to think big—and for big-picture thinking. The experts are doing it, and you can, too. Here are some big-picture insights for the coming year to help stimulate your own thinking about what 2014 could hold for you and your business.
Business Insider reports on nine big ideas that will define 2014. The list includes some of the most fascinating ideas submitted when LinkedIn asked some of its top influencers for big ideas they believe will shape the coming year. These are broad-brush insights about how the world could change and/or events could unfold on a big scale. But because everyone (and every business) is influenced by trends and events, big and small, it’s important to think about these in the context of your own business: Could this change how I operate? Does this bring opportunities for new products or services? What impact might this have on my customers—and what they need from my business?
So here are the nine big ideas; you’ll want to click the link above to get all the details.
Fox Business got even more specific and took on What 2014 will bring to your business. This Fox article says that the growth businesses experienced in 2013 has raised expectations for an even more profitable 2014. But the year is not going to be without its challenges, the biggest of which could be understanding—and being able to tap into—alternative funding.
Fox looks at five predictions for small businesses in 2014:
And what would the big picture be without a nod to potential missteps? Forbes cautions small businesses to avoid these five mistakes in 2014:
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