2020 is right around the corner, and it's time to jumpstart your business into the new year. It's key that you start preparing sooner rather than later or risk falling behind. It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to get a head start on prepping your business for success. Here are a couple of tips that can help your business get started on the right track.
Resolutions For Businesses
Gone are the days were cleaning your physical office space is enough for your business. A good cleaning can come from a variety of sources. It can be a deep physical clean of your office to a digital cleaning up of your files online. Often times it becomes a difficult process to keep your office, car, home, and break room clean throughout the year. This is why having a scheduled thorough cleaning routine of your items becomes necessary. Nothing can beat the feeling of starting the new year with a fresh office and an organized computer.
Keep in mind, cleaning and organizing your business life shouldn't be a yearly thing. By creating a weekly, or monthly, routine your business can begin getting into the habit of being efficient in how your business runs. Follow the, "everything has its rightful place" mentality to avoid a cluttered desk or desktop screen. This structure helps when your business begins to grow and new items become introduced into your business. This way both you and your employees will know exactly where to find the information needed to succeed in the workplace.
First, let's look at how to make sure your business is organized online. It's important to make sure you understand where your time is being spent every day. We recommend you take a look at business apps that can help with your organization while keeping track of where your spending your time. In this case, we recommend the business app RescueTime.
RescueTime automatically tracks the time you’ve spent on applications and websites and sends you detailed reports based on your activity, giving you an accurate picture of how you spent your day. You can set alerts to notify you when you’ve spent a certain amount of time on an activity, like social networking or reading the news, and block distracting websites. It works for Mac, PC, Android, and Linux.
For those of you on Apple devices, we recommend to you OmniFocus. OmniFocus is a personal task manager that lets you create projects and tasks and organize them into to-do lists. OmniFocus syncs between your devices and works with iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watch.
Digitize Your Files
Don't get left behind in 2020. If you still use physical files to organize your business, clients, or online orders, then you need to switch to digitization. Paper is expensive and can be avoided easily by formatting yourself online with one of many multiple organization tools offered to businesses. Our recommendation is to utilize Google's free-to-use tools that can be accessed with any google email. These tools can be Google sheets for keeping track of your financials, docs to write out business reports, Gmail for contacting your clients online, calendar to keep track of appointments, and Hangouts/Meet to video conference and instant chat employees and clients. The list goes on and on and all of these tools come free to use.