5 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Business
"Some things in life aren't fun and can be time consuming, but they make you feel so good and accomplished when they are complete."
Have you started your spring cleaning? It's that time of year for indoor/outdoor cleaning, purging, etc. I am so excited to clean all of my exterior windows this week (said no one ever)! Some things in life aren't fun and can be time consuming, but make you feel so good and accomplished when they are complete. Since starting BizEBee in 2017, I have made sure to 'spring clean' my office, computer and social media profiles around this time of year. Some give me joy, some tasks are tedious, but all are well worth it in the end. Ahhh, so refreshing!
Here are my top 5 musts for spring cleaning your business:
1. Declutter your office. You'll be going through paperwork for tax season anyway, so be sure to weed through your old files from the previous year, organize them, throw away what's not needed, and save all of your important business documents. It's best practice to save all of your supporting documents for 7 years. I have a small file cabinet attached to my desk for easy access to current files and store away all of my old files in another file box in my closet.
2. Spruce up your office look and feel. This doesn't mean you have to paint or do a full on renovation. Instead, I simply replace a plant, piece of art, lamp, etc. this time of year so that I have something new to look at. Take a look around and see if anything else needs replacing or if there is anything you are missing. I recently realized I didn't have a good pen, so I splurged and bought a really nice one as a treat. If you work from home like myself or spend a lot of time at your desk, you want it to be a comfortable, appealing workspace.
3. Do you have cloud storage? Have you backed everything up? Make sure that all of your important files have been securely saved and backed up and not just sitting on your desktop. I also go through old emails, clean up my Outlook, organize my desktop folders, etc.
4. It's also a good time to review your passwords and change them. In fact, you should be updating your passwords at least every 2-3 months. Make sure they are all saved in a secure place, ideally in a notebook locked away or through an online program. There are a few options available.
5. Revamp your digital presence. What social media accounts do you use? When was the last time you updated your website? This is a good time to 'spring clean' your digital world. It could be as simple as getting a new professional photo taken, changing your online profile descriptions, reviewing what's working/not working on your website, etc. Remember, this is where most people will get their first impression of you, so make it look GREAT and stand out.