Organize Your Business, Organize Your Life
Organization: Without it, life would be chaos.
Think Woodstock, ‘99, when fans rioted after the Red Hot Chili Peppers set. There was fire, pepper spray, mild felonies—it was madness.
Now, we're not saying organization would have helped in this case. The funky beats of RHCP are far too antagonizing for structure.
But you have a business! And unless your business was founded by Flea, you need to organize.
The Advantages of Organization
No one needs to tell you that running a business is tough. No matter how carefully you plan, the real world always gets in the way. Adaptation is a business necessity, and efficient organization helps you stay focused and calm in the face of adversity.
Plus, by utilizing organizational skills and tools, you’ll...
Be able to locate anything at a moment’s notice.
Every business has a multitude of working parts. Whether you run a restaurant, a talent agency, an accounting firm, or a manufacturing company, you have to keep track of people, parts, equipment and other business items. And If you waste valuable time looking for misplaced assets, that’s less time actually spent scaling your business.
Effectively store important documents.
This is an essential for your business. Not only is misplacing documents frustrating, it can have an adverse effect on your business’ overall success. Ever been through an audit? It’s no Woodstock of ‘69. It’s serious, and you need to have the ability to quickly, and easily, locate the documentation you need.
But what about paper? How am I supposed to keep track? Good question. And the answer is by utilizing this simple organizational tool—an automated, cloud-based solution. Paper is the foe of efficiency and by digitizing your processes, you’ll have access to all of your important documents without having to physically store them.
Keep track of data.
By utilizing organization, you will capture relevant data over time that helps you make informed decisions. You'll be able to see trends in new customer acquisition, lead development, product sales, and profit margins. A chaotic approach doesn't produce consistent statistics so you can never tell how you are truly performing. Make full use of business automation and data analytics to track trends, build innovative products, and uncover new business opportunities.
Improve overall business efficiency.
Your staff, managers, vendors, and clients will work together better if your policies are clear and your business structure sound. If they feel things are "too loose," they begin to lose focus and make arbitrary decisions on how things should be handled. Their decisions may stray too far from your goals. Be sure to instate a simple guide that holds everything together.
Getting and staying organized is not a one-time thing. It is an ongoing process you need to constantly monitor, evaluate, and review. You might find flaws in your approach, and that’s normal. The key is to use setbacks, problems, and irregularities as signposts to guide you back on the path to a simple, efficient operation. With due diligence and constant vigilance, you'll be able to organize your business, and, in effect, your life.