These five tips will help you become a Business Superhero, sweep out disorder and head into spring with a clean, organised plate.
1. Take Stock of Where You Are – And Where You Want to Be
Is your small business at the level you envisioned when you launched? If not, it’s time to step back and take a critical look at what you’re doing, what you should be doing, and how you’re going to get there.
Get fired up with the energy of spring and put those dusty plans to achieve your goals in motion. Target a new market for expansion, take action toward opening a second location, or get serious about making social media work for your business. Whatever your next step, go ahead and take it.
2. Dump Your Filing Cabinets in the Cloud
Is your small business office filled with files and stacks of paper? Are you keeping hard copy documents on file for your clients? If you’ve got a desk full of paperwork, you’re severely impacting your productivity—both in a physical sense as you search for the right file, and a mental sense as your brain stalls out at the sight of everything you have to do.
The good news is you can get rid of just about all your paperwork by moving to the cloud. Today’s cloud solutions—including storage, CRM, and software-as-a-service—are faster, more powerful and secure, and extremely affordable. Best of all, cloud solutions allow you to organize your files for fast finding, and access them from anywhere with an Internet connection.
3. Polish Your Online Presence
Every aspect of technology is constantly evolving, and that includes website design and development. When’s the last time your small business website had an overhaul?
Modern websites are trending toward cleaner, simpler designs with impactful fonts and fewer graphics. They’re easy to navigate, often have fewer pages, and instantly convey what your business is all about.
Consider getting a facelift for your small business website this spring. Shop around for affordable designers, or take a look at some of the latest easy-to-use templates from providers like WordPress. You and your customers will love the new look.
4. Outfox Your Inbox
Email overload is a problem for many small business owners. This isn’t too surprising, considering that worldwide, nearly 300 billion emails are sent every day – some of them are bound to end up in your inbox. If your message total has been standing at 3, 4, or even 5 digits, you should probably consider cleaning things up in there.
This doesn’t mean you have to spend a few solid days doing nothing but deleting emails (though you can, if you want to). Instead, use your email provider’s automated tools to run searches and mass delete emails you know aren’t necessary—you can do this by sender, subject, or keyword. You can also use labels, filters, and folders to set up a sorting system that automatically organizes your inbox as messages come in, so you can keep things neat.
5. Hand a Few Brooms to Your Team
If you have employees in your small business, get them involved in the spring cleaning. Encourage everyone to tackle their personal clutter, both physically and digitally. Then, once you’re all organized and refreshed, schedule a company meeting to talk about what you’ve accomplished, and your goals for the remainder of the year.
Giving your small business, a good spring cleaning is a great way to ramp up the energy and realize more success.
What clutter will you clear out this spring?