How To Get Organized In Your Small Business
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If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur (such as myself) this blog post may be for you. I am not at all an organized person and my business, (I am a social media manager among a couple other things on a freelance basis), was suffering for it. Things got mixed up and confused and I often felt so overwhelmed because of how disorganized my business actually was.
If this sounds anything at all like you or you just want some extra tips on how to organize your small, maybe even from home, business then keep on reading!
How to get organized in your small business
Get a set office space. If you intend to work from home, this is still important. I know one of the things we all imagine when working from home is sitting in our pajamas in our bedrooms on our laptops. Sometimes, I will admit that is the case for me, but I realized that a work space has a huge impact on just how productive you are and how your things are organized. You need to have a place where all of your work things are that you can go to and handle business. This helps you stay organized and also gives you a spot where you can separate work from play. If you don’t intend on working from home then renting an office space is probably a given.
Plan out social media content ahead of time. I would say plan out your social media marketing content at LEAST a week out, but if you are smart you’ll do it an entire month in advance. I know that sounds like a lot of work and that’s because it is, but it keeps your organized and STRESS-FREE when it comes to your marketing strategy. Plan you campaigns in advance. I am just getting to the point where I am planning things a month in advance for my blog, YouTube Channel, and email marketing campaigns so that I can focus on my work for my clients and not have to worry about anything else. It keeps you focused on the meat of things throughout each week.
Get you emails TOGETHER. A lot of initial correspondence and important contact happens over email. This means that your email needs to be organized. You should have things sectioned off for different categories in your business such as invoice receipts, client questions, progress reports, potential client emails, etc. Whatever different type of conversation that happens in your emails needs to be organized appropriately so that when it comes time to answer emails you aren’t stressing out trying to find what to respond to first and where it is.
Get a planner. I am a whole hearted believer in having a planner. I know that this can look different for everyone, however. For example, if you’re like me and need a planner you can write on. I’d say you cannot go wrong with the perfectly productive planner.
Keep track of your finances. Get yourself a journal and keep up with where money is coming from and where money is going. I learned that I needed to do this the hard way. I basically messed up my entire life monetarily for a couple months because I wasn’t keeping track of anything and ended up behind on bills and BROKE. So, take it from me, know where your