It's officially springtime and we here at the TLP are seriously SO EXCITED!!! Winters can feel so long, so we are ready for that sunshine, flowers, and the countdown to summer! With Springtime comes the urge to purge, clean and get ready for those anticipated summer months. But, ya know what, while many of us declutter our personal lives in the springtime… many forget about doing the same thing for our business?! You can totally pump new life into your business by transferring this springtime cleaning routine into your work! Here are my top 6 things to do to spring-clean your biz:
1. Update your website
Updating your website is such a great way to feel like your business has a new, fresh look! When you're seeing brighter colors and fresh flowers around you but your website is dark and gloomy it could be time for website spruce. You can easily hire someone to do this for a small fee or use programs like Canva to do it yourself. If it's merely aesthetic updates, then usually, it won't take you or a designer long to do. Maybe you just need to update some photos, or the colors, or add more negative space?! Whatever it is, do it this spring and feel rejuvenated! (P.S. Did you know that people update their websites every 1-2 years now-a-days?! Crazy, huh?! Well, if you haven't updated in over 2 years, now's your chance!)
2. Delegate more duties to staff or hire on a VA
If you've been holding onto control of certain tasks that are bogging you down and frustrating you constantly, hand that off to someone! If you have hired help already (either employees or independent contractors), spring is a great time to reshuffle the day-to-day operational tasks of your business. Try taking out just 2-3 hours of your tasks a week and delegating to someone else. Maybe even work towards preparing for a 4-day workweek in the summertime to give yourself a break. The more you delegate now the more time you will have to have fun in the sun. I promise delegating will be a weight off your shoulders!
3. Organize your email
I know, I know, your email can be a daunting place. We are all guilty of keeping emails from 10-plus years ago. However, cleaning out that email can not only save you time but could save you from having to spend money on email storage. Go through emails and put them into specific folders and delete what you can. But, if you're not to that place yet--then all you need to do is go through your unread emails and either delete them or read them (get rid of that pesky red bubble number). Email organization is a prolonged process, but doing a little bit now is a great spring-cleaning task!
4. Clean your office
Literally, just clean and organize your office or at home office space! If you do not have an at home office space consider this your nudge to do so! Whether you work from home or from an office we should all try to have a designated area that is just ours that we can do our best thinking and working in. You definitely need a clean area to work so that you know where everything is, and can find things easily. Plus when the office is fresh and clean I know you will want to work in it more!
5. Consider your yearly goals
As business owners we often only think about our goals at the beginning of the year. Well now that you are in your second quarter you should evaluate what you have done and what you want to continue to accomplish for the rest of the year. Maybe even rethink some of the goals you set and prioritize others. Businesses are constantly in flux, so you never know what is now super important to your business that was at the bottom of the list at the beginning of the year. It could be helpful to write down 5 goals you want to accomplish by summer. And, remember, to be intentional about the goals you set for yourself.
6. Spruce up your contracts
If you do not have a strong contract library, spring is a great time to evaluate which client contracts you need, whether you need new website terms and conditions on your site, or whether you will need a contract for your associate (hint: you need all of these!). Make sure you are prepared for the rest of the year by protecting yourself, can confidently take on clients, and expand your team.
If you want to know more about how to Spring Clean your business to organize your workspace you can boost productivity, enhance your reputation, and create a healthier work environment.
To make sure you don't miss anything important, we've created a comprehensive Spring Cleaning Checklist for your business. This checklist covers everything from decluttering your workspace to deep cleaning your carpets and windows.
Don't wait until it's too late! Download our Spring Cleaning Checklist for your business now and start preparing for a successful spring cleaning. Your employees and customers will thank you!
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