This is the time of year when it is customary to review past performance and set goals for your business to grow and thrive in the coming year. It is essential to review and refresh your business strategy periodically. This will help you stay sharp, identify trends, and keep ahead of the competition.
It’s an excellent time to look at how you can revitalize your business. Start with your operations. How can you declutter and streamline your business operations so that they run more efficiently?
Marie Kondo’s Konmari decluttering technique entered the zeitgeist of 2016 and continues today to spark joy and clear closets in homes worldwide. Konmari is one of many methods of decluttering. The Minimalist game, Four Boxes Method, and packing party help people eliminate “stuff.”
After a hectic holiday season, the turn of the century is an ideal time to add value to your business analytics and run a tight ship. Reflect on why you started your business, reconnect to your passion, and make the necessary changes to move forward in the new decade.
How can you streamline your business?
Streamlining your business is different than cleaning out your closets at home. Evaluation of other areas in your business is a way to declutter and run it more efficiently. It also helps to remove friction points that cause stress during the workday.
There is one general principle that applies to all methods of decluttering. Decide what you want to keep instead of what to throw away. Gregg Schwartz, Forbes, encourages you to return to your business’s original vision. “If you were to design your funnel for the first time today, starting at zero, what would you create?” How long have you been updating your company mission statement, elevator pitch, or sales call scripts?
This lens will help you decide which systems, tools, and practices work for you and where to re-evaluate. Your payroll system may cause more problems than it solves. Your logo may not represent the brand that you have grown into. Every aspect of your business will be discussed, from how you organize your inventory to your staff’s uniforms. Ask yourself, “How will this help me to get my job done?”
How to declutter your business
Are you ready to jump in? Take these five simple steps to improve your business and enjoy it.
Create a procedure.
Start organizing by… getting organized. Decide on your goals and priorities before you begin. You should identify the areas in your business that can be improved and then decide how to approach each problem. Consider your most pressing issues in a typical workday. If you are a retailer, consider your inventory management system, floor plan, staff schedule, payroll, and e-commerce website.
Visualize the endpoint.
What will success look like? Goals include less time spent on payroll or easier communication with employees. Salon owners, for example, might realize they are spending too much time managing appointments and need more time with their clients. She envisioned opening a space where stylists could interact with their clients, share beauty tips, and de-stress during meetings. She spends too much time scheduling staff, sending out appointment reminders, and billing.
Before you start implementing changes, reverse engineer the process. Research your options. The solution may be as simple to implement as adding a schedule by Homebase into your Clover POS. It could also be something more complex, such as changing your store’s hours or launching a rewards program. Before taking any action, consider all possible solutions.
Dive deeper into your business.
Be as thorough as you can. Before moving on, you should evaluate all aspects of your payroll. This includes reporting, accounting, scheduling by hour, taxes, and everything related to your payroll system. This overhaul type can be dangerous if you only complete 85% of the task. This can leave businesses in a mess, customers without the products they want, and employees with confusion. It is essential to complete your homework for this process to be successful.
Do you still love it?
Consider your emotional attachment to specific areas of your business. Consider why you began this business. You can use this feeling to keep you motivated and to continue serving your customers. When you streamline, try to be positive. If you have to end partnerships with vendors, be grateful for their support. Thank them for helping you grow. If you are cutting ties with an old client, tossing out an outdated brochure, or changing how you run your business, you should be grateful for the things you have thrown away and thankful for new opportunities. This is what Forbes writes.
Sort by category.
Experts in decluttering recommend that you sort your items by category, such as clothing, kitchenware, or paper. This applies to your specific business practices. Start with payroll since finances are a significant source of stress. Scheduling can be a great idea since only some business owners enjoy organizing the schedules of their staff.
Imagine a doctor’s office trying to reduce the waiting times patients experience when they visit a clinic. The office manager could add new communication and scheduling tools so doctors on call can be easily contacted. They could also look at appointment analytics and see how much time a patient, on average, spends with a caregiver. Clover’s tools for reporting and analytics provide deeper insights into how much time is wasted throughout the day and can help schedule appointments more efficiently.