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Friday Freebie: 15 Tasks to Get Your Business Ready for 2016

December 29 2015

2016 starting line"The secret of getting ahead is getting started," according to Mark Twain.

To help you take that first step towards success in the new year, we're starting a Friday Freebie series that highlights free business and marketing plans that show you how to bank more money in the year ahead.

2016 Business Planning Checklist from

checklist 1Don't worry. We're breaking you in easy today with a simple 15-task checklist that will have your business running like an efficient, well-oiled machine. The idea is to break down the work of preparing for the new year into small, manageable tasks. That way, you won't get overwhelmed and give up before even starting.

Here's a sample of some of the tasks included in the checklist:

  1. Segment your contact list into groups you can target with marketing
  2. Research your competitors' advertising materials for new ideas
  3. Verify your business on all major search engines (an excellent way to help people find you in the new year!)
  4. Set notifications for birthdays and other key dates for important contacts
  5. Update your business cards and other branded marketing materials

Pretty painless, right? Many of the checklist items offer links to extra resources like market reports and informative articles to help you out even more.

If you're ready to take on 2016, download's 2016 Business Planning Checklist today!download's 2016 Business Planning Checklist today!

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Know of a Great 'Freebie' We Should Feature?

Did you find a great freebie (a free or trial version of a product, free guide, etc.) that you think your colleagues should know about? We'd love to hear more about it and possibly feature it as a Friday Freebie! Contact Kelly Phelan at kelly[at] to learn more.