Often referred to as a sign of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal and resurrection – spring cleaning is an annual practice and an effective way to reorganize things in our lives. Between heavy scrubbing, decluttering rooms, rearranging furniture and throwing unnecessary items, it’s the refresh our lives need after a long winter and ahead of the summer months.
But spring cleaning isn’t just for our homes. It can also help your business improve its overall performance. Applying the principles of spring cleaning will also do wonders for your small business, helping in terms of work efficiency and also general operations.
Here are five small business spring cleaning tips to get you started.
Cleaning is a tedious task and people tend to shy away from it, but you don’t have to do it every spring. If the spring season isn’t the best time to clean up your business, choose another month or period that’s more convenient. This isn’t all about following tradition, it’s a matter of making a schedule and sticking to it consistently.
One online project management tool we recommend is Airtable, which works similar to a normal spreadsheet like Excel and Google Drive, but it gives you the benefit of a database. You can use already existing templates or start from scratch with different views like calendar view, planning view etc.
Clear out the clutter that no longer serves a purpose for your business. Regardless of your trade, the needs of consumers are always changing. What’s popular today might not be the same tomorrow. Review all business activities and eliminate processes – or products – that don’t contribute to success.
One great way to do see what is being talked about is to look at Google Trends. All you need to do is to type in the right keywords, and discover what people are searching in relation to your business.
For example, you are a restaurant owner and want to know if you should consider food delivery:
This might be an additional task but re-evaluating and streamlining your procedures allows new opportunities to come in.
Without proper protection, you are at risk for various concerns that might jeopardize your business. Take advantage of this time of year and do a routine check-up of all your security software.
If your business is handling customer data, it is important to learn how to protect yourself against a lack of up-to-date security system. While your client and proprietary data are always at risk, a cyber liability policy can help hedge or completely offset the financial impact of a potential breach.
What could be more satisfying than working in a highly organized environment free from dirt and clutters? Don’t forget to physically clean your workspace or in some cases, the whole office environment. Throw out unnecessary things, label files, organize your desk and use cute but highly efficient tools to increase productivity. You could equally repurpose old stuff instead of buying new equipment. How about an old file drawer turned into a digital cabinet with fingerprint protection security, cool isn’t it!
Identify the biggest time-wasters and provide concrete solutions to rectify problems immediately. Look back on certain causes that consumed a big chunk of your time and save yourself from repeating the same mistakes again.
If you are having a hard time identifying these time-wasters, try using productivity tools such as Rescue Time. This lightweight app tracks your time and gives an accurate report based on your activities. Time management allows you to focus more on important things rather than waste time doing insignificant matters.
Business spring cleaning should be performed consistently to ensure a smooth, and efficient day-to-day operation. In the long run, you’ll see that doing this routine on a regular basis will result in fewer problems and complications.