2015 is upon us and January is the month of New Year’s resolutions. So what is your resolution for your small business?
One of the common themes, including for yours truly, is to increase sales. Though this is a goal I strive for, I am fully aware that it is not just the sales I’m after. I know that providing quality service to clients, efficient and effective delivering system, and profitability all are equally important.
One thing I do at the beginning of every year is get myself organized just like I would when I am about to start something new. Start with a clean slate and arm myself with a plan.
Here are five tips to help you get organized:
- Start with a Clean Desk. If the work space or the space within your office is chaotic, it will not provide an environment that motivates you to be productive or creative.
- Do Your Filing (both electronic & hardcopy). If you haven’t done so already, box up non-active files and/or old files into storage and free up space for new client files. This should be done for your electronic filing system as well.
- Go Through Your E-mail. Do you have thousands of e-mails sitting in your inbox? I know I do. Everyone has different organization styles that work for them. It can take a good day to go through what’s in your inbox, but one day of work will save you tremendous amount of time and frustration later. Use flags to highlight items that require actions and move items that have been addressed into another folder or into an archive folder. This will not only free up your inbox space, it will allow you to know the items you need to address, and not just sit staring at the thousands of e-mails not knowing where to start.
- Wrap up Outstanding Projects From Last Year. Best to finish what’s old before moving onto new projects.
- Do a Year-End Review. This should be for all areas of your business including staffing, operations, sales, etc. Make sure you have accurate financial data to help with your new year’s forecast for the next 12 months.
Now that you’re somewhat organized, you can put a plan in place to achieve whatever goals and/or resolutions you’ve set out to accomplish for the year.
Here’s to an amazing 2015!