Spring Cleaning for Your Small Business
Every business can benefit from a good spring cleaning. Here are tips on how to get organized and be more productive by tackling a few key areas within your small business.
Staying organized is one of the most important jobs you have as an owner running a small business. It’s also one of the most challenging. Busy small business owners are running full steam ahead and it can be tough to stop long enough to file away receipts and clean out your inbox. Taking time out of your busy schedule to get organized will actually save you a lot of time in the long run. That’s why once a year (or more) every small business owner needs to give their business a good ‘spring” cleaning.
An unorganized business will stop your productivity in its tracks.
Giving your business a spring cleaning can mean different things for different businesses. What you choose to clean and organize first should be those areas of the business most directly tied to productivity and, by extension, profitability. While every small business is unique, here are four steps every owner can take right now to clean up your business and create a huge boost in productivity.
1. Back-Up What You Need, Purge What You Don’t
Filing your (digital) paperwork is small-business spring cleaning 101. And, just as important, is removing documents and files that you no longer need. File or store important documents in the cloud, on an external hard drive, or in a filing cabinet. If you have a stack of old paper documents containing sensitive information, shred them. You can find more tips and tools for keeping your small business records organized by reading the recent SCORE article, “Recordkeeping 101: Information Your Small Business Needs to Maintain.”
2. Clean Out Your Inbox