What you can (and should) do now

There is a lot of new information that indicates that the economy may be nearing recovery.  Although layoffs continue, home sales are increasing,  construction is up ever so slightly and energy prices are rising, too.  

All three are indications that people have adjusted to the recent changes and there is some pent up demand.  Add to those three indicators the news that many industries that slowed or stopped production now have low levels of inventory, and one might think happy days are here again.

So, what should you be doing to strengthen your business or organization now?  We’ve written about some of these before, but Entrepreneur magazine offers 14 Things Smart Leaders are Doing Right Now, while Inc. magazine offers 30 classic examples of innovation

Now is a great time to get your Web site in top notch order, as the last thing you want is for it to go down for repairs or updates when the hits are coming in from new customers.

Of course, maybe you have recently lost your job.  Businessweek says that recessions may be the perfect time to start a new business and offers advice on how to grow your startup in tough times.

Right now may also be a good time to investigate some new technologies and see if they fit your needs.  Inc. magazine has a few ideas to knock around like these Web sites that may help, or Ten Ways Texting May Help Your Business

If you have a little downtime, this is a long article about one of the most innovative and succesful entrepreneurs of the past decade, Tony Hsieh (pronounced “Shay”), of Zappos.com.  It’s definitely worth the time to read, as his approach to decision making is a little extraordinary and extremely interesting.  Here is another interview with Hsieh.