Top 5 Organization Tips for Small Business Owners
As a small business, we know how difficult it can be to manage all the moving parts of your business. However, we also know that keeping things organized does wonders and really changes the way you work. When you feel like all your office is chaotic and messy, it leads to unnecessary stress and strain, and you don’t deserve that. We completely understand how much your small business means to you, so we have come up with our favorite tidy tips to help your small business organization and help you remain stress-free!
- Take care of your physical work environment.
Your surroundings and work environment play a role in your productivity and motivation. For this reason, it’s important to declutter and reorganize your desk or workspace to make things more seamless. Go through all the paperwork that is consuming space and shred/discard things you don’t need; safely file or scan the rest. Next, add storage or organizational tools so everything has a place. Bins, shelves, and compartments are some of our favorite ways to optimize space. And finally, once everything is decluttered, make sure to tidy up after every workday so you can start the next day with a fresh space and a fresh mind.
- Revamp social media.
Social media is becoming more and more of a tool in marketing for small businesses. However, it can become a big task and be very time-consuming. Above all things, keep your passwords for everything in a safe and organized place. To do this, we suggest utilizing Chrome, iCloud Keychain, 1Password, or LastPass. It is also extremely helpful to plan social media posts in advance and schedule their postings, that way you can take care of it all at once. Some social media platforms or strategies work better than others, so it is helpful to check your algorithms and interaction data to optimize where/when/what you’re posting.
- Tame your email inbox.
Ding. ding. Ding. We all know this sound far too well. Our emails are constantly blowing up our phones and desktops. It can be very overwhelming and stressful to constantly feel like you are being bombarded with emails. To make things a little less daunting and dreadful, take some time to clean out your inbox and folders. Delete everything that is old and that you don’t need. Once you do this, it’s time to make a plan. Schedule a time in your day dedicated to replying to emails. Whether it be 15 minutes or an hour, do what is necessary for you. This will make you feel less overwhelmed by the constant checking and replying.
- Reclaim your finances.
Finances are one of the most crucial parts of our small businesses. It takes a lot of organization, brainpower, and time. For this reason, we highly suggest hiring a bookkeeper and accountant. Finances are an area that is not worth messing up and this can really take a lot off your load. A bookkeeper and accountant can work together to keep everything in line for you.
- Take advantage of technology.
The old fashion pen to paper way of doing things can be great, but sometimes technology can really improve your productivity and efficiency. For example, use a platform such as Calendly, Google Calendar, or Apple Calendar to organize all your dates and scheduling needs. This way, it is always at your fingertips and you can change things easily. Another way to utilize technology for the better is to keep all your business notes in one place. Websites like Evernote or Microsoft Onenote or Apple Notes make it easy to organize all your notes and highlight their importance. Lastly, utilize your computer’s desktop. Remove all the cluttered files from it and only keep important go-to folders there for quick access.
The Tidy Spaces team is cheering on your small business and wants to help! If your business needs some organizing help, we are here to provide support, advice, and suggest or carry out a new tidy plan to make your workload a little lighter and easier. If you would like to know more about how we can help your business, check out our website!