Get It Together! How to Organize Your Business in 2018

January 17, 2018

The new year is well underway–how are you staying organized this year?

It’s a great time to take a step back and re-assess: How organized do you feel right now on a scale of 1-10? In the highly unlikely event you answered 10, you can stop reading right now. For the rest of us, there are many small changes you can make today so tomorrow is a whole lot more efficient.

Investing some extra time organizing these 8 areas of your business will offer great pay-offs when it comes to business growth down the road.

1. Organize Your Content Marketing Efforts

Effective content marketing makes it easier for prospective clients to find you and trust you. As a small business owner, you likely don’t have hours to spend on content strategy, creation and circulation. That’s why organizing your efforts is so important. Here are a few ways to do this:

2. Perfect Your Project Management

Regardless of your business size, situations are likely to arise when you need to manage and coordinate projects with other contractors or teams of employees. Becoming an organized leader will greatly increase the likelihood of knocking it out of the park. A couple ways you can sharpen your project management skills:

3. Strive for Flawless Finances

Business finances may not be your favorite aspect of doing business, but it’s an essential one. You can grow your business faster (and avoid an audit) by keeping your financial ducks in a row. Do this by gaining a strong understanding of your expenses, expected tax filing and working capital.

Here are a couple small things you can do to make a huge impact on your financial organization:

4. Streamline Your Scheduling

If you are using more than one app or calendar for scheduling, now’s probably a good time to consolidate. Having both your personal and professional life in one place will ensure you don’t miss anything important or double book yourself.

Some effective (and mostly free) tools include:

5. Review Your Payroll Process

Keeping your employees and contractors happy should be high on your list of priorities. After all, what will your output look like without a happy and motivated team? Take stock of your payroll process: Have there been any issues over the past year that resulted in someone getting paid late, or not being paid at all? Are there any opportunities to streamline? Is it possible to reduce the amount of time and money payroll is costing the business?

After you audit your current situation, try seeing if one of these super helpful payroll solutions to help solve any issues you flagged (and the best part: they both integrate seamlessly to your FreshBooks account!):

6. Organize Your Office

With close to 90% of the global workforce being unsatisfied with their work environment, odds are there are some improvements you can make to boost your own office productivity. Whether you work in an office, at home or in a shared workspace, there’s lots you can do to create an environment that promotes performance and overall happiness such as:

7. Always Be Learning

Research all of the major conventions or conferences you’d like to attend for the year. Choose the ones that would best help you with your business objectives, commit to attend them and block them off in your calendar. This will help ensure you don’t overbook yourself and can plan projects accordingly.

Check out this list of can’t-miss conferences for a jump-start in your search.

8. Master Time Management

Time management–It can make or break the success of your projects and your overall productivity. If you have yet to find a system that works for you, here are some tried, tested and true technique to try out:

Not sure if you’re using your time wisely? Consider keeping a time log. It can help you see where your hours are being spent and if you’re using them effectively.

Do you have any tips to help other business owners become more organized? Let us know in the comments below.

This is an archived post from the FreshBooks Blog and was originally published in January 2016.

about the author

Content Editor, FreshBooks Amanda is a content editor at FreshBooks, writing and producing blog content to help small business owners achieve their goals and enjoy (yes, actually enjoy!) running their business. Amanda’s background in education and customer support makes her a natural communicator who loves empowering others to succeed. When she’s not writing and editing content, Amanda takes her dog, Jonny, on adventures searching for the best coleslaw in Toronto.

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