So I’m a big fan of spring cleaning every year! I love cleaning out spaces in my home, and spring cleaning my yard. It feels good to clean areas you’ve let go for a while, and re-evaluate what needs improvement.
Not only in our home and yards, but our businesses need this same spring touch-up. Here are 5 ways you can use some “elbow grease” in your business.
- Clean up your website- When was the last time you looked at your website; and I mean every page? If it’s been a while, it’s time to give your site a visit, and check out what needs updating. Read everything and make sure it’s all still applicable for where your business is now. Look at all the pictures, and see if they need updating. Are you focusing on any new services that need to be added? Has your target market changed? Or, maybe it’s just time for a fresh new look!
- Tidy up your social media- Social media is constantly changing, therefore, you need to be on top of your game. Have you evaluated your social media presence lately? Are there new platforms that would benefit your business? Do you have a social media strategy in place? If these are questions that you haven’t thought about for a while, then now’s a great time to start making some changes.
- Re-evaluate your goals- Hopefully you set some lofty, yet attainable goals at the beginning of the year. Now that we’re almost 5 months into the year, it’s time to take a look at the goals and see how it’s going. Did you hit your quarter 1 goals? Have you exceeded your goals, and need to set bigger goals for the rest of the year? If you didn’t hit your goals, what changes need to be made in your business to reach those goals?
- Detox your email- I love a good detox, and most business owners need to do that with their email account. If you have a 6 digit figure in your inbox, it’s time to purge. One thing that works great for me is to create folders labeled under my inbox that I can file emails in. That way I keep my inbox clear enough to see the most important emails that need my attention, so nothing goes unnoticed. Just find a system that works best for you so you can stay productive.
- Dust off your business plan- When was the last time you read through your business plan? A business plan should be looked at, re-evaluated, and updated every year. Make sure you’re staying ahead of your growth, so you’re always prepared and ready to grow your business. If you’ve never done a business plan, then now is a great time to create one!
**We drew inspiration for this article from Newtek’s article on forbes.com, 6Ways To Spring Clean Your Small Business