Following on from last week’s blog posting, we thought we’d enlighten you about another “Christmas factoid” that may crop up during family entertainments over the Christmas holiday.
The Twelve Days of Christmas is one of the best known English carols. The song was first published in England in 1780 without music as a chant or rhyme and is thought to be French in origin. The standard tune now associated with it is derived from a 1909 arrangement of a traditional folk melody by the English composer Frederic Austin, who first introduced the now familiar prolongation of the verse “five gold rings”.
All, very interesting…
Staying with the number twelve, we have included a dozen ideas (see below) that you may like to add to your professional new year resolutions for 2015. Singing them to the Twelve Days of Christmas tune is optional!
- Allocate at least three hours a week to practice development.
- Consider a practice wide increase of 25% in the amount you charge for a 2015 SA return, with a discount of 20% for clients that provide you with the information to complete a return by, say end November 2015?
- Create a new email address that you ONLY give to “A” list clients. Make sure that your inbox ONLY receives emails sent to this address.
- Delegate the filtering of emails sent to your old email address to a PA and make sure that only the “important” emails are forwarded to your inbox.
- Book holidays for 2015 during January.
- Offer clients opportunity to settle their bills by Direct Debit – take charge of your cash flow.
- Set up a rewards scheme for staff that introduce new clients or create an opportunity to cross-sell additional services to clients.
- Happy with your logo? Wake up your image, get a new logo designed.
- Start gathering new prospect email addresses for your newsletter mailing list. Launch a monthly competition with your staff – winner provides the most names.
- Get to the gym, swimming pool, go for a walk, exercise on a regular basis.
- Work smarter.
- Last but not least, spend more time with your family…
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Informanagement.