Spring cleaning isn’t just for our home and belongings. You can and should spring clean your business. But what does that mean? Spring cleaning your business is taking the time to do things related to your business that are often ignored or deferred for later. Here are 5 steps to spring clean your business.
Clean Up Your Email
Even if you’re an Inbox 0 type of person, your email likely needs some cleaning.
- Create appropriate labels and folders to organize your emails successfully
- Delete old or irrelevant emails
- Go through your unread emails and respond, if necessary
- Unsubscribe from spam
Digital File Organization
Go through all the different digital file locations (Drive, DropBox, iCloud, hard drive, etc.) and clean them up. Create an organization system for your files and make sure to delete old files or duplicates. Depending on the type of business you own, you might need to clean up photos and marketing materials.
Check Monthly Expenses
This one could save you some money. Check your monthly expenses to see where you’re paying for services, subscriptions, or products that you no longer need. If there are certain vendors that you use frequently, consider asking for a loyalty discount. This is also a good time to see if you can consolidate some expenses and purchase from a single vendor instead of multiple.
Research New Vendors
Since you’re already going through your expenses, it’s also a good time to research some new vendors. Maybe there’s a vendor you’ve come across on social media that you’d like to support. Now’s the time to go through your vendor list to determine which ones you love and which ones might need to be replaced.
Take a Class
Is there a skill or interest you’ve wanted to learn? Perhaps there’s a software or growth opportunity that would benefit your business, but there’s a bit of a learning curve. Don’t put it off for later. If you’re not willing to invest in yourself and your business, then why should anyone else? Spring cleaning your business is a good excuse to sign up for that class, go to that networking event, learn new skills. There are several ways to learn something new and valuable for your business.
- Take a class (a lot of great online options: Udemy, Coursera, Alison, Skillshare, LinkedIn Learning)
- Listen to podcasts
- Go to networking events
- Attend a webinar
Taking the time to go through and “spring clean” your business helps keep you fresh, organized and can really pay off. If you’re lacking time or want to delegate these 5 steps to clean up your business, we can help! A virtual or personal assistant can do most of the things listed above. Either way, if you decide to tackle it yourself or have someone else do it for you, we promise it will be worth it. Your business will thank you for giving it a good spring cleaning.