Take a look around your office’s current status. What do you see? A tumbleweed of dust growing behind your stock shelves? Invoices being used as coffee mug coasters? And let’s not even get started on the inventory you haven’t taken out of the packages since, ahem, nine months ago.
Oh we know your dirty secrets, pal. But don’t worry! We’re here to help you clean them right up and get rid of them before anyone, anywhere ever sees them at all, okay?
Here are a few things you can do now to clean up your act, I mean business, and get ready for summer:
Do some real cleaning.
There’s nothing quite like rolling up your sleeves and sending those dust bunnies to their doom. Before cleaning up your business act, it’s always a good practice to start with things that are a little less mentally challenging.
Dust off your shelves, organize your desk and reach far back behind that printer already. We’re all guilty of neglecting our spaces when we’re busy, but now’s the time to change that. If your space is cluttered, so is your mind - and nobody needs a cluttered mind before summer arrives. So grab that broom and get moving!
Clean up the inbox.
Oh, boy. Here we go.
We all see those neglected “Marked as Unread” emails you actually have read but didn’t know what to do with. Well my friend, it’s time to respond to those bad boys. And the endless subscriptions you’ve been too busy to cancel? Let’s get on those too. It’s time to hit “Inbox Zero” and clear even more mental space for a successful summer season.
Having separation anxiety with your email subscriptions? Services like Unroll.me provide you with easy ways to package all your emails together for less clogging. We all like to hoard our emails, but now you can do it neatly!
Another easy way to get rid of unwanted emails is to search by topic, sender or subject line. If you receive ongoing updates from one company or service, either send them directly to a folder or bulk delete them. It’s a great way to initiate the task and keep that inbox purge going!
Find opportunities to automate.
The key to clearing up your time is to find automation opportunities. Jake, our co-founder, recently wrote about how automation is key in growing any multichannel retail business, and it’s a solid piece of advice. As you continue to hire more employees and expand to new channels, it’s important that you automate as much as possible. The less time you spend on manual tasks, the more you’ll have to plan for the future.
Revisit your mission and vision.
You’ve wrapped up the holidays, filed your taxes, and some how made it through spring break without too much trouble. Pat yourself on the back, but do it quickly, because now you’re about to do it all over again.
Before you dive right into more tasks for the upcoming season, take time to reconnect with why you started your business in the first place. It’s important to connect your employees and yourself to the company values. Keep an open dialogue of how you’ll leverage those values to grow a successful, healthy business.
Yep, that’s right - the holidays. We’re only five months away from when holiday shopping really kicks into high-gear, so it’s important you create a game plan early. Make sure you’ve set expectations with your suppliers about any increase in volume. Take a look at sales performance from the previous year and pay attention to any trends that may come in handy this upcoming season. But most importantly, create milestones that will enable you to slowly prepare over time. The last thing you want is to be rushed with unexpected responsibilities in the midst of packing and shipping holiday gifts for customers.