Spring Cleaning: 4 things small business owners can do to freshen up this spring

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As winter disappears and the weather gets warmer, people everywhere are preparing for spring cleaning. Although spring cleaning may seem like a task for home, it can be beneficial to your business as well. Here are four things you can do to clean up your small business operations this spring.

1. Optimize your cash flow.iStock-639365138.jpg

A healthy cash flow is essential to the success of any business. However, many small business owners possess only a limited amount of information about the money flowing into and out of their businesses on a daily basis. During the spring, take some time to analyze your cash flow carefully. Make sure that you have enough cash on hand to meet all of your financial obligations. If you notice any problems with your cash flow, make an effort to resolve them. For example, if you find that you are sending out more money than your budget can handle, consider analyzing each of your expenses and looking for ways to cut back.

 2. Streamline your bookkeeping.

Keeping accurate books is important for businesses of any size. Not only do accurate books ensure that you aren't missing any bills or failing to collect on all of your accounts payable, but it also simplifies the tax preparation process. Use spring cleaning as an opportunity to evaluate your accounting procedures and improve their efficiency. If you accounting procedures are lacking and you aren't sure how to improve them, consider hiring a professional to assist you.

 3. Move to digital.

Many businesses have already moved from paper bookkeeping to digital records. However, some businesses are still holding onto some of their paper documentation. If you are still using paper to keep records or bill clients, consider making the switch to digital this spring. Not only will the switch make your bookkeeping simpler and more accurate, but it will also reduce your business' consumption of paper, which is better for the environment. In addition, many consumers find digital invoicing and payment more convenient than paper-based methods.  Padgett offers a simple-to-use record keeping software called Padgett Connect that can help streamline your record keeping activity.

 4. Do some real cleaning.

If your office isn't well organized, your business won't be as productive or as profitable as it could be. This spring, spend some time cleaning your workspaces, filing cabinets and all other parts of your office. This is also an excellent time to cut down on clutter around the office so you and your employees can be less distracted and more focused on important tasks throughout the workday.

For help with this or any other business-related issue, please contact Padgett Business Services today.


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Topics: Small Business, Cash Flow, Small Business Cash Flow, digitize, accounting, Bookkeeping