This post was updated on April 12, 2018, with updated information and more tips.
Spring is officially upon us. We’re excited about the warmer weather in Chicago and Minneapolis. It’s is often the time when most people like to do some cleaning and organizing. If you’re a small business owner, you may want to consider extending spring cleaning further than your bedroom closet. Cleaning out and auditing different elements of your small business can save you time and money. It can also help you plan for the months ahead.
Below are eight tips for spring cleaning your small business.
As a busy small business owner, efficiency is vital. As your business continues to succeed, you will be cramming more work into each day. Reviewing your processes for proposals, billing, scheduling and other tasks to make sure you’re not spending unnecessary time on them will help you be prepared to manage more clients and work.
If you’re not one to keep your email account(s) tidy on an ongoing basis, take some time to delete old spam messages, newsletters and other emails you no longer need. Think about organizing your inbox for ongoing use too by creating folders for important clients or projects. Gmail and other email clients provide ways to filter emails into folders automatically, which can help you maintain an organized inbox longterm.
If a project has been delayed for quite a while, schedule time with the client to come up with a game plan to finish it. Think of it as spring cleaning for your brain. Being able to get a project off your plate will allow you to focus more on new projects and clients.
Update your web site with current news or projects. If old photos or information is still on your site, switch it out with current content. While you’re at it, make sure your information on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media profiles is accurate as well.
If your web site or branding looks a little outdated, consider a new web site or logo. It has been reported that 30-60% of web site traffic is now coming from mobile devices. If your web site is not responsive (mobile and tablet-friendly), it may be worth the investment to upgrade it.
Take a few moments to review your income, payroll, expenses and other financial information. Is your income where you expect it to be? Are you spending more money on certain services than you should? Simple things like reviewing your cell phone provider plan and adjusting it can result in less cost and better service.
If your computer’s desktop is so full of files that you can’t see your background photo, it’s probably time to clean it out. Files and folders for old projects could potentially be moved onto an external hard drive. Doing so will give you more space on your main drive and will likely make your computer run faster.
The day-to-day hustle of running a startup or small business can cause you to forget about your business goals. Review those goals to ensure that they’re still accurate. If need be, adjust them to better suite current opportunities and trends in your industry.
Clutter can be distracting. Go through files, receipts, books and other items in your office. Consider storing items you haven’t used for a while elsewhere.
Once you’ve gotten rid of the clutter, you may want to give your office a good cleaning. Fortunately for members of Assemble’s Chicago and Minneapolis coworking spaces, our spaces are cleaned nightly by professional cleaners.
Looking for a beautiful short-term office for your small business? Schedule a tour of one of our Chicago or Minneapolis coworking spaces today.