Spring cleaning should include more than just vacuuming the floors and dusting the blinds. It should be an all-around lifestyle assessment, especially for your own small business or startup. So here are a few tips for you entrepreneurs to do your spring cleaning the right way and prepare for the busy summer season:
- Organize documents
Your desktop or laptop computer is a busy, crowded and congested place—do not make it any more difficult to navigate through your own documents. Take a few hours out of your workday or weekend and properly organize your Word, Excel and other folders you are constantly saving. Folders should not only be separated based on content, but by also by date. Over months and years, folders can become confusing, as bi-annual and annual reports add up and are multiplied in the same storage place. You’ll thank yourself later for dedicating a few hours now!
- Sort emails
As an entrepreneur, you are probably sending and receiving more emails than most people can grasp, let alone handle on a daily basis. Make this task easier on yourself by sorting through and cleaning out your email platform. Go back and delete emails that are no longer relevant, and if necessary, create side folders for placing certain documents. You don’t want to have old, unrelated emails in your inbox, as they take up precious space and make it more difficult to search for a specific email you had received.
- Revise résumé and portfolio
You should always be trying to sell yourself. To do so, you need to make yourself stand out as much as possible. One step to this process is continually updating your résumé and portfolio. While it’s fresh in your mind, document your projects and work history because it’s what you will use in order to entice new clients. Keep in mind that your résumé and portfolio should not include all of the work you’ve ever done—just the best work or most notable accomplishments.
- Check expenses
Are you spending as efficiently as possible? Don’t waste money by not double-checking where your money is going. As an entrepreneur, you are most likely subscribed to online publications and databases. Make sure that you are using them if you are paying for them! Entrepreneurs should hold themselves to a higher standard when it comes to proper spending, after all, they are in charge of their entire business and its success.
- Keep getting your name out there
With new forms of social media and communication constantly popping up, make sure that you utilize these services, especially the free ones. Clients are looking for businesses that are on top of all the latest trends, and the more ways to get your company name out into the business world, the better. Also, on these social media and company profiles, continue updating your information, photos, projects, statistics and achievements. Each click onto your profile is an opportunity to attain more business!
Now that the spring season is here, sit out on your patio, enjoy the nice weather and follow these tips to make you and your company or startup more profitable. There’s no time like springtime!