Even if the weather in your neck of the woods doesn’t feel like it, spring is officially upon us. For many people that means it is hard to resist that urge for a good round of spring cleaning. The spring cleaning mentality offers you a chance to take a good look at things that have been piling up all winter and make some meaningful changes to prepare for the rest of the year.
This spring, why not try a round of spring cleaning for your business as well? Over the years, your business can become just as cluttered as your house, and it’s never a bad idea to take some steps to make your work life as organized and productive as possible. Need some ideas to help you get started? Here are five things you can do to kick start your business spring cleaning.
Evaluate Your Overall Goals
Start by sitting down and taking a mental inventory of your business and its direction. Are you on track with the course you thought your business would be taking when you started it? Compare your current business plan to your company’s mission statement. Do they line up? If not, figure out what needs to be done to make sure that your business is moving forward in the direction you want to be going.
Eliminate Anything That’s Not Working
Once you’ve figured out how you want to proceed, you need to identify anything within your business that’s holding you back from moving forward. These could be bad habits that you’ve let slide in yourself or your employees, products that aren’t selling, sales tactics that aren’t converting – anything at all that’s not helping your business move toward its goals. Don’t be afraid to prune these things and make room for what you truly want – growth.
Begin New Growth
Now that you know the direction that you want to go in, and you’ve gotten rid of practices that will hinder you, set out to begin some new growth in your company. Double your sales calls for a few weeks. Identify a new market to advertise in that will bring you targeted leads. Commit to a new level of customer service to attract more repeat business. In short, break out of your comfort zone and watch your business improve!
Straighten Your Office
Just because you’re “cleaning up” your business doesn’t mean that you don’t have to clean the space as well. Take a day or two and overhaul your workspace to get ready for spring. File old documents, organize your desk, and take care of any old business. Maybe you could get some new organizers and calendars to help you stay more on top of things this year. You may even want to move your furniture around to give everything that “new” feeling. Take advantage of sunnier spring days by moving your workspace in such a way that you can see out the window.
Clean Up Your Web Presence
So you business and your workspace are ready for spring, but what about your website? Take some time to go through every page of your site and look for things to clean up. Maybe you still have some pages focusing on old promotions, or links to outside sources that no longer exist. Get rid of anything that isn’t helping you attract new business, and double check to make sure that everything that’s staying is up to date and reflects your overall goals for your business.
None of these things will take very long, but once they’re all done you’ll have a sleeker, more focused business that’s putting its best foot forward and is ready to face the rest of the year.
Do you do any entrepreneurial spring cleaning this time of year? Share your stories with us in the comments section below.