Top 10 Business Resolutions + How to Keep Them

2020 is coming in hot, and we went back to the archives to round-up some of our most popular, resolution-worthy business posts. Whether you’re just starting out or running an established design business, we have information, inspiration, and resources for starting your year off on the right foot.

While these posts might provide some quality New Year motivation, we recommend picking 2-3 tasks and really honing in on those. Doing too much too fast can lead to burnout, so consider your priorities and what would be most impactful for your unique business.


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Create + Improve Processes

This is the best place to start. Putting processes in place that work for you or making existing processes more efficient should be your first goal for the New Year. It’s the perfect time to take inventory of the last year and see where you can improve. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s our Designer’s Guide to Processes. If you’re not quite ready for a full overhaul, consider streamlining just one crucial part of your daily routine, like client communication.


Get Organized

For us, the secret to staying organized individually and as a team is equal parts consistency and using the right tools. Here’s a list of our favorite apps + programs to keep you on track and our recipe for file organization.


Grow Your Team


Hiring is a daunting task no matter which way you look at it. There’s the finances to consider, the managing, and the difficult task of trusting someone else with your livelihood. This has been a major theme for IDCO this year, and I’ve spelled out my best tips in this post.


Get Your Work Published


Everyone wants to get published more. If seeing your name in print (and online) is a major goal for 2020, check out this post.


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Attend More Events + Workshops

Life is so busy. SO busy. I know it can be difficult to attend every event you’re invited to, but hear us out. Here is our our case for picking a few quality networking events to invest in this year.


Grow Your Instagram Audience

It’s a New Year, but Instagram is still king in the design industry. If you’re looking to grow your following, here’s our formula.


Create a More Sustainable Business

With all the talk of climate change and going zero waste infiltrating our inboxes and feeds, you’re no doubt considering ways that you can be more mindful of your footprint in the New Year. Don’t forget your business! Here are our best tips for sustainability.


Learn to Say “No” to the Wrong Projects

Turning down inquiries can be so difficult—on the one hand, can you afford it? And, how do you even broach that conversation? Don’t worry, we have answers.

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Revamp Your Email Marketing

If you think email newsletters are so last year, you might be mistaken. It’s a great time to create or reinstate an email marketing strategy. Here’s why + how.


Refresh Your Website

The first of the year is a good time to take a look at your website and see if it’s still meeting your needs and showcasing your brand and work in the best possible light. If you aren’t sure, this post might help. If you find you’re ready to improve your online experience, IDCO has options for custom sites and branding as well as new templates being released each month.




And, now for the age-old question: how do you keep your well-intended resolutions?

First, refer to potential resolution #1—processes. Creating daily processes for yourself and your business will help you form the habits you need. Take your time evaluating your business while clients are still enjoying the holidays. Set yourself up for success by eliminating aspects of your business that take too much time, aren’t profitable, or aren’t enjoyable.

My second suggestion for making your changes last is accountability. Having friends in my industry and teammates at IDCO that I can discuss these things with daily has been key for me.

It’s a new decade, and a great time to step into your potential as a designer and business owner, and we are so thrilled that we get to partner with so many of you to do that, whether formally as clients or here on the blog. All of us at IDCO wish you the absolute best for 2020. Happy New Year!


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