The Basics of Organizing Your Small Business

If you are one of the many who started their own small business during the Great Resignation, it’s likely that you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start in organizing your small business. Let’s first pat ourselves on the back for starting the business, and then get straight to work to organize things so you can be set up for success!

3 Things to Organize for Your Small Business​

There are three components to your business that must be organized in order for you to be prepared for the ups and downs of running a small business. Because believe me, the rollercoaster of operating a business WILL happen, and the better you’re organized, the better you’ll handle those times

Your Space and Home Office

Look around at your workspace. Is it going to allow you to be as productive as possible? Is it organized so you know where you can find what? Here are some tips for organizing your workspace, whether you’re working from home or from a rental space-

Pencil Holder with text telling you to organize! Clear the clutter
  • Have a designated space for everything. If you know where your things are, you won’t waste time looking for them. 
  • Good lighting enhances your productivity. Working in a dimly lit space, you’ll find yourself lacking energy throughout the day and a yawn or two will escape from you. That’s not productive nor ideal. Make sure your workspace is well lit. Bonus points if you have natural light!
  • Less is more. The more stuff you have in your workspace that you don’t need, the more you’ll find yourself putting things away or cleaning up. It’s not the best use of your time. Practice minimalism.
  • Have a reminder of your why. There’s a reason why you decided to go the route of a small business owner, and it’s important to stay aligned with that. Have a reminder of your why somewhere in your office where you can see it every day.

Your Paperwork

Paperwork is the dread of existence for many small business owners. You have two options – either come up with an impeccable filing system for your documents or go paperless. Having a system in place for your documents will help you stay on top of your clients and orders, and will reduce your chance of your desk becoming overwhelmed by the dreaded paper stacks. 

 

When going paperless, that doesn’t mean you avoid putting a filing system in place. You still do, it’s just on your computer instead! Have a way to organize your invoices, CRM systems, contact information, important documents, etc.

 

Your Mind

As a small business owner, you are responsible for so many things that overwhelm can quickly hit and the only way to avoid that sense of overwhelm is by being as organized as you can. Simply choose one thing to get started on, and it really doesn’t matter which one you get started with. Just make the decision, and act on it quickly. That’s how you make progress and how you quickly find yourself in a situation where you know you can take on a huge influx of requests for your product or service without batting an eye. 

Final Thoughts

As a small business owner, you are responsible for so many things that overwhelm can quickly hit and the only way to avoid that sense of overwhelm is by being as organized as you can. Simply choose one thing to get started on, and it really doesn’t matter which one you get started with. Just make the decision, and act on it quickly. That’s how you make progress and how you quickly find yourself in a situation where you know you can take on a huge influx of requests for your product or service without batting an eye.

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